Heart Rhythm Society Leadership Series

Leadership Series

The HRS Leadership Series is a newsletter for leaders at the Heart Rhythm Society to communicate and keep HRS members informed of the most current, relevant industry and organizational updates.

Exploring HeartRhythm’s Latest Features

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HeartRhythm is rooted in fundamental discovery and clinical applicability, and our editorial team is always looking for innovative ways to bring the latest science-based and original research to the global EP community. In the last year alone, the number of submissions has significantly increased, with a growing presence of international studies. To reflect the advancement of research and our expanding international collaboration, we have made great efforts to enhance your journal experience.

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Message from HRS President

A key to organizational success is teamwork. That may sound simple, but as HRS continues to grow and as we become increasingly more global, it’s important for us eliminate silos wherever we find them. As your new president, I would like to see HRS be even more collaborative. We all know that it takes a team to deliver personalized care to our patients and we work together all the time, both directly or indirectly, to treat patients and their families. As a pediatric electrophysiologist serving as president of HRS, I want to make sure every element of the care team is represented and has a voice in our Society. We have lots to learn from each other, to not only advance our professional development and patient care but also the Society overall. Read more

Michael Gold

MACRA: Navigating Its Complexities

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. Read more


Together We Share Ideas: A Look Ahead to Heart Rhythm 2017 

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. Read more

James Youngblood

Highlights from AFib Awareness Month

September marks National Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) Awareness Month, a critically important time for the Heart Rhythm Society to raise awareness for this life threatening arrhythmia. Our efforts are focused on helping the public become more familiar with the symptoms, warning signs, and available treatment options. Given the growing prevalence of AFib, in September 2009, HRS worked with other organizations to have the United States Senate officially designate September as National AFib Awareness Month. Read more

Michael Gold

Addressing MACRA: Medicare Payment Reform

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will make significant changes to how Medicare pays for physician services. The law also repealed the flawed Medicare physician sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula and replaced it with predictable payment increases. Read More

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Reflecting on Heart Rhythm 2016, Looking Ahead to 2017

The last two months at the Society have been exceptional, as we have celebrated the success of this year’s Scientific Sessions. The outcome of this year's meeting was truly a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our members. The meeting attracted more than 12,000 total attendees, with 40% coming from outside of the U.S., which further showcases that the work you do truly has a global impact. Read more