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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?   In 1985, after completing undergraduate clinical physiology training, I was offered an opportunity to train in ultrasound. I had limited exposure, but I knew I loved looking a beating heart, a fuzzy beating heart by today’s standards, but still a beating heart. I stared in awe at the mitral valve and I knew I was being offered an opportunity of a lifetime. Thankfully I jumped in head first and have never regretted it. After a few years of training and clinical experience, I began working in a research center and was encouraged to study for my Masters and PhD by a great mentor and cardiologist, ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? Prior to attending the Diagnostic Sonography Program at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I job shadowed at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL. I was able to watch pediatric cardiac MRIs being performed. It was at that time that my fascination with the heart and all of its moving parts began.  What is the name and type of facility/institution at which you work, and what is your current position? I work at the University of Chicago Medical Center, it is one of the largest academic centers in Illinois. My current position at UCMC is Advanced Cardiac Sonographer. ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?   I began echo school at the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute in Hartford, CT October of 2008, but echocardiography was never really something I thought I would be doing as my career. In 2005 I completed my bachelors in exercise science from Springfield College in Massachusetts.  During my first class at Springfield, we learned how to take blood pressures which brought me to the cardiologist.  My blood pressure was 190/100 and apparently, I had a lot of PVC’s. An echo and a cardiac MRI ruled out ARVD and I was fine.  I remember thinking how interesting the echo was, but was not exactly ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?   In 2002, I took an anatomy and physiology class at Rochester Community and Technical College thinking that I was preparing for a nursing career to care for pediatric cancer patients. My daughter is a childhood cancer survivor and I always had wanted to give back in that area by becoming a pediatric oncology nurse.  However, in class when we got to the unit on the heart, I completely fell in love with the heart.  I was mesmerized by it and intrigued by what an incredible organ it is.  It stirred in me a passion I had never experienced before.  My sister, Jennie Durant, is a general/vascular/fetal ...
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Recent developments in Washington may impact access to echocardiography and patient care. CMS recently released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule and in an unprecedented move accepted Anthem, Inc.’s nomination of CPT code 93306 –Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE), Complete - as potentially "misvalued," despite the fact that ASE submitted comments highlighting that the work RVUs for CPT code 93306 were just revised and published in CY2018. ASE IS working to defend the current valuation of these codes through available regulatory and legislative channels. However, it is important to note that returning to the AMA RUC for review and ...
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Nov 3-4 iMagine 2018

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​For echocardiographers and sonographers in the southeast, don't miss the upcoming iMagine 2018 conference that's only 3 weeks away. Feasible rates, great venue and excellent casual and engaging learning environment. Hope to see you there. piedmont.org/imagine
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?   I started my cardiac sonography program right out of high school in 2009, attending Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD. I had always known that I wanted to be in a medical field, but didn’t know quite what I wanted to do. I reasoned that this degree would allow me to get into the hospital and see what interested me the most. What I didn’t realize was that I’d fall in love with the heart, and echo, and end up happily staying in the field! What is the name and type of facility/institution at which you work, and what is your current position?   I currently work at Northwestern ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?   I began my career in echocardiography in 1984 at The Prince Charles Hospital (TPCH) in Brisbane, Australia. In those days, one began their journey into Echo by starting off as an “ECG Tech”, performing 12-lead ECGs, treadmill stress tests, and 24-hour Holter analysis. Once competent in these skills, you progressed to working in the Cardiac Cath Lab and finally moved into the Echo Lab. Echocardiography was the pinnacle of cardiac investigations and I was very fortunate to be given the opportunity to learn echo. In 1984, TPCH only had 2D and M-mode echo so a lot of cardiac diagnoses were based ...
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As you know by now, ASE was able to maintain representation in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates!  I want to extend an enormous “Thank you” for all your help ensuring that echo’s voice is heard on issues related to legislative matters, regulatory issues, and coding and reimbursement. As a member of the House of Delegates ASE: Helps sets the legislative and regulatory priorities for the AMA. Has full delegate status which provides ASE with representation before the AMA Current Procedural Terminology Panel (CPT) and the AMA Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) ASE delegates, Dr. Peter Rahko and Dr. ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? My previous boss used to tell me I was born with a probe in my hand, and I would have to say I agree! I followed in the footsteps of my mother. She was a general/cardiac/vascular sonographer for over 40 years (although her 1982 fetal self-ultrasound labeled me as a boy…. but hey, ultrasound has come a long way since then!). I spent much of my youth in the sonographers’ lounge, while my mom was in on-call, coloring pictures for the radiologists and filling all the gel bottles. At age 15, I became a hospital volunteer, and then when I could actually work I got a job in the radiology file room ...
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Dear Collages  We are multi nationality groups  FRom different coutries interested in Imaging  adult   Pediatric Fetal Echocardiography  Dentists  Cardiovascular surgeon .Pediatric cardiologist Technologist  Phyiologist  Pediatric nephrolgist Plastic surgeon  etc We are From  USA .German London Iraq Lebnan Jordan  India  Eygpt  Cezch   Canada and many other countries  Our Hope is to share  cases  Scientific thoughts t. Through our site we may disscuss difficult cases   I hope from every collages want to join us send his Name .Short CV , Mobile NO To Connect Via Watts up  My Regards   Dr Iman Al Obaidi  Baghdad Iraq  Ibn al bittar cardiac surgical center  Mobile ...
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As a part of the 2018 ASE Scientific Sessions , there will be a Value of Echo Summit on Monday, June 25 th (with two sessions, The Quality Echo Lab, and Transitioning from Fee for Service to Value-Based Reimbursement from 8:00 AM - 11:45 PM). We will focus on key strategies to ensure a high performing echocardiography lab, while also providing a comprehensive insight into the ever changing U.S. healthcare system.   Plan join us as we discuss how best to navigate and thrive in this new environment
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In today’s environment with declining reimbursement, increased scrutiny and punitive policies coding accurately is more essential than ever. ASE is committing to providing members with information go make this easier. Please take minute to look over the 2018 ASE Coding Newsletter , and feel free share in with your staff to ensure correct reporting of services to obtain fair and reasonable reimbursement for procedures, tests, and visits. Also Judy Rosenbloom, RDCS, FASE, is ASE’s coding consultant. She is an expert on coding and ASE members can ask her any coding and reimbursement questions they may have. You can link directly to her through the Coding and ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? I graduated from Lander University in SC with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with the hopes of becoming a physical therapist or a cardiologist. I didn’t get into PT school on my first attempt and decided I wanted to have a family over being a doctor. At that time, I felt I couldn’t do both! While working as an office manager, a patient of ours was in ultrasound school and that is how I learned about echocardiography. The sound of looking at hearts every day and traveling as a sonographer was very appealing to me so I decided to pursue a second Bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Medical ...
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​​ The 34th Annual Echocardiography in Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Symposium returns to the Phoenix, AZ and will highlight the use of echocardiography and other cardiac imaging techniques to recognize, understand, and manage patients with congenital heart disease using a case based format. This three-day symposium is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy, clinical aspects, imaging, and management of patients with congenital heart disease. The symposium will include case discussions, didactic seminars, anatomic and imaging correlations, discussion of multimodality imaging and live, hands-on scanning seminars to ...
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​ The 34th Annual Echocardiography in Pediatric and Adult Congenital Heart Disease Symposium returns to the Phoenix, AZ and will highlight the use of echocardiography and other cardiac imaging techniques to recognize, understand, and manage patients with congenital heart disease using a case based format. This three-day symposium is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the anatomy, clinical aspects, imaging, and management of patients with congenital heart disease. The symposium will include case discussions, didactic seminars, anatomic and imaging correlations, discussion of multimodality imaging and live, hands-on scanning seminars to ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?   My healthcare career began in 1984 as an RN on a medical-surgical unit at Methodist Hospital in Rochester, MN.  Not long after that, I discovered I loved cardiology and transferred to the CCU.  In the late 1980s, a cardiac sonographer and cardiologist came to the CCU to perform a bedside echocardiogram.  I was fascinated by the technology and learned the Echo Lab was hiring nurses to train as sonographers.  Several months later, I began my twenty-eight year career in echocardiography as an RN sonographer, and I have never looked back. What is the name and type of facility/institution ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? It was a very humble beginning.I was fortunate to take private ultrasound lessons from a very skilled sonographer way back in 1984. There were no formal educational programs for ultrasound back then, only Radiology Technology. That was the path I took. In those early years, at least in our area, if you were a sonographer you were expected to perform all modalities, including vascular and echocardiography.  I totally fell in love with Echo even though the images were fuzzy!  In the early 1990’s I worked for our regional Children’s Hospital for ten years. It was those formative years, which ...
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Last year ASE worked on the RUC review of primary echocardiography CPT code 93306, (and the rest of the transthoracic echo family of codes) as a result of the 2015 MPFS proposed rule. CMS identified two TTE codes (93306 and 93351) as “Potentially Misvalued Codes” as determined through a High Expenditure Specialty Screen.  ASE sought to involve all our members in response to the RUC request for survey responses.  This robust response helped us support these codes, and potentiated a well-received presentation by ASE to the RUC.  We are pleased that CMS has accepted the RUC recommendation to increase the wRVUs for CPT code 93306 from 1.30 to 1.50 wRVUs ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? I kind of fell into the field of cardiovascular ultrasound in 2001. I had two close friends that were sonographers, one a vascular sonographer and the other cardiac. Their jobs piqued my interest and I enrolled in the Cardiovascular Technology program at Grossmont College in San Diego. I’ve worked in a number of different settings since but have been in an academic hospital setting for the last 12 years. What is the name and type of facility/institution at which you work, and what is your current position? I work at the Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, ...
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