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The EP field has always been driven by innovation. In the upcoming year, we will continue to focus on the fast-paced evolution of our field. As we prepare for our next annual meeting, you can expect to see even more groundbreaking science, innovation, and methods designed to clinical outcomes in our patients. Heart Rhythm 2017 is quickly approaching and I want to share an initial overview of what to expect and upcoming dates to keep in mind.

In October 2016, CMS released the final rule outlining new payment programs under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). MACRA's Quality Payment Program (QPP) is a significant change to Medicare payment policy reshaping how information about patient care is captured and valued, which is a complicated process requiring a significant amount of time and education. Implementing MACRA likely will be a major challenge to your practice. It is the Society’s goal to ensure that you have the most up-to-date information, actionable resources, and tools.

February 1, 2017 – The Heart Rhythm Society prides itself on the diversity of our members. Our vision of ending death and suffering due to heart rhythm disorders requires us to be inclusive of all who share our mission. Our 5,800 total members include nearly 1,400 members from countries outside the United States. HRS welcomes physicians, allied professionals, educators, students, and researchers from every race, gender, economic status, and religious, political, and national background. It is our diversity that leads to the best science and care for patients around the world. Membership has no borders.