News | September 19, 2012

ASE Supports CMS Reimbursement Requirements for Cardiac Teams Performing TAVR

September 19, 2012 — Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a minimally invasive treatment for patients with aortic stenosis who are deemed too high-risk for traditional valve replacement surgery, is on the rise. TAVR relies heavily on echocardiography to provide the most accurate view of heart valves, from diagnosis to post-procedure. In response to criticism by physicians about the restrictiveness of conditions put forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for reimbursement for TAVR, the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE) has emphasized the importance of heart team quality and experience in ensuring positive patient outcomes. 

“ASE supports the emphasis on quality which is embodied in CMS’ decision on TAVR,” noted ASE Advocacy Committee Chair David Wiener, M.D. “The TAVR team approach is in line with the latest guidelines for surgical and percutaneous interventions promulgated by our sister cardiovascular societies, and the concept that specific numbers of procedures must be performed to achieve and maintain competence is one that permeates the medical literature as well as ASE’s own guidelines.”

The "EAE/ASE Recommendations for the Use of Echocardiography in New Transcatheter Interventions for Valvular Heart Disease," a collaborative effort between the ASE and the European Association of Echocardiography (EAE), were published in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (JASE).

As TAVR technology and the skills of those who perform it continue to grow, the requirement that a heart team work in concert to prepare for, perform and monitor the procedure will ensure the best possible outcomes, and TAVR will be an appropriate option for an increasing number of patients.

ASE’s position will be shared with members when a new biannual member publication, Echo, arrives in member mailboxes in mid-September. The new member news source targets members’ need for practical information on practice management, as well as providing a vehicle for news about member activities, association projects and developments in the field of cardiovascular ultrasound.  “Our goal with Echo is to bring relevant information to our members so that they can focus on their patients,” explained ASE President Patricia Pellikka, M.D. “Echocardiography is a valuable and evolving technology, and ASE is constantly seeking new ways to guide our members and this dynamic modality forward.”

For more information: www.asecho.org

Related Content

Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | August 18, 2017
August 18, 2017 — SuperSonic Imagine recently introduced the newest version of its premium...
Pentax Medical Launches New Slim Linear Ultrasound Endoscope
Technology | Endoscopes | August 17, 2017
Pentax Medical Co. announced the U.S. launch of the Slim Linear Ultrasound Endoscope (EG-3270UK), the company's newest...
Houston Methodist Hospital Enters Multi-Year Technology and Research Agreement With Siemens Healthineers
News | Imaging | August 17, 2017
Houston Methodist Hospital and Siemens Healthineers have entered into a multi-year agreement to bring cutting-edge...
Clarius Wireless Ultrasound Scanners Now Available With Advanced Features
News | Ultrasound Imaging | August 09, 2017
Clarius Mobile Health has released advanced features and options for its wireless handheld ultrasound scanner for...
Oregon Tech Partners with Mindray for High-Tech Ultrasound Education
News | Ultrasound Imaging | August 04, 2017
To better prepare its ultrasound students to compete and thrive in the evolving healthcare environment, Oregon...
Carestream Shows Touch Prime Systems at Society for Vascular Ultrasound Conference
News | Ultrasound Imaging | August 03, 2017
Carestream will showcase its Carestream Touch Prime and Touch Prime XE Ultrasound Systems at the Society for Vascular...
Contrast Media from Bayer, trends in contrast media and developments in contrast media
Feature | Contrast Media | July 28, 2017 | By Dave Fornell
Here are several updates in medical imaging ...
3-D Vascular Ultrasound Quantifies Plaque Burden to Estimate Cardiovascular Risk
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 20, 2017
In a large, first-of-its-kind population, researchers found an experimental technique known as three-dimensional...
Floyd Medical Center Acquires Quartet of Toshiba Cardiac Ultrasound Systems
News | Cardiovascular Ultrasound | July 19, 2017
Floyd Medical Center in Rome, Ga., recently installed three new Aplio 500 Platinum CV ultrasound systems from Toshiba...
Overlay Init