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Heart Rhythm Society Health Policy Initiatives:

  • Advocate for evidence-based, guidelines-driven, quality health care and fair reimbursement to healthcare providers.
  • Advance the development and implementation of performance measures that lead to improved health outcomes for patients with heart rhythm disorders.
  • Collaborate with the American Medical Association, medical specialty societies, regulatory agencies, and manufacturers to improve access to treatments and appropriate specialty and sub-specialty care.

As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Youngblood leads the 5,000+ member professional society in its goal to end death and suffering due to heart rhythm disorders. Since joining HRS in 2001, Mr. Youngblood has spearheaded the organization’s transformation into the premier global resource for education and information on heart arrhythmias, which currently serves over 35,000 constituents across six continents.

Dr. Van Hare is Director of Pediatric Cardiology at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. He is the Co-Director of the St. Louis Children’s Heart Center. His clinical interests focus on heart rhythm disorders in children, and in adults with congenital heart disease; radiofrequency catheter ablation, cryoablation, pacemaker, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator, (ICD), implantation and follow-up.