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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?   I became interested in cardiac ultrasound while going through undergraduate education in Utah. I spoke with a friend that had just completed the Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program at Weber State University and I wanted to learn more. I investigated the program and thought that it was a high-quality program and I thought that it would be a great choice. I applied to the Weber State University program and was fortunate enough to be accepted. While in the program, I became very interested in congenital heart disease and I asked the medical director of echocardiography at Primary Children’s ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?    My mom was an OBGYN nurse, and she worked closely with the sonographers in her office. I knew I wanted to be in some area of healthcare, but I wasn’t quite sure what that was going to be. She introduced me to the sonographers in her office, who also happened to be professors at the University of Oklahoma Sonography program, and I was hooked. While I was in school my Dad had some heart issues and that got me interested in echo. The stars aligned at the right time, and here I am now 12 years later!   What is the name and type of facility/institution at which you work, and what is your ...
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Good afternoon, This is an open invitation to register for a FREE CME one day event! Piedmont will host an Aortic Stenosis | TAVR Symposium on August 10, 2019 See the following link for free registration that will fill quickly! https://www.123signup.com/register?id=rmkck
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound?   I graduated in 2004 from New York University’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.  As a student, we learned not only cardiovascular ultrasound, but also abdominal and OBGYN ultrasound.  I always found my echo clinical rotations to be the most fun and interesting, but my favorite clinical assignment was in a pediatric cardiology echocardiography lab.  After that rotation, I knew when I graduated, I wanted to dedicate myself to pediatric cardiovascular ultrasound. What is the name and type of facility/institution at which you work, and what is your current position?   I am the Satellite ...
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An AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) survey related to the physician work associated with our base transthoracic echo code (93306, complete TTE with Doppler and color flow) was completed last month. These surveys are critical to ensuring fair code valuation.    The purpose of the AMA RUC survey of a CPT code is to obtain physician estimates of: Time required for the individual service; and The intensity/complexity in comparison to other services The relative value of the physician work is one component of the total relative value.  The total relative value includes physician work + practice expense + professional liability ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? Ever since I was young, I knew that I wanted to work in the medical field.  However, I wasn’t sure in which capacity.  My parents both worked in the medical field and that attracted me towards it. I started out in nursing school, but very early on I realized that nursing wasn’t the profession for me. My mother, who is a nurse, introduced me to the field of Echocardiography.  I attended a technical school for Echocardiography in 2003, where I learned both cardiac and vascular ultrasound. I initially wanted to focus on vascular, but all clinical slots were occupied. Getting into cardiac ultrasound ...
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When and how did you get involved with cardiovascular ultrasound? I first worked with cardiac sonographers when doing stress testing as an exercise physiologist; I considered a career change when a friend who transitioned from exercise physiology to echocardiography had highly recommended it. The idea of working with the same patient population, and still using some of my education was appealing to me. I applied for echo school and started in 2008 at Forsyth Technical Community College.  What is the name and type of facility/institution at which you work, and what is your current position? Duke Cardiac Diagnostic Unit, a part of Duke Health, is ...
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First AI in Cardiology course including speakers such as Vinod Khosla, Dr. Eric Topol, and other leaders in AI. Dates/Location:   July 19-20, 2019 at the InterContinental in San Francisco, CA Program Directors:  Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, MD., MSc and Zachi Itzhak Attia, BS, MSc Program Co-Directors:  Patricia A. Pellikka, MD, Suraj Kapa, MD, and Peter A. Noseworthy, MD Topics: • Early applications of AI in general and specific to healthcare • Pioneering applications of AI in Cardiology • Challenges carrying out AI research in cardiology • AI applied to cardiology practice: prediction tools, screening tools, natural language processing, ...
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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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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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