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.
On September 10, 2018, HRS submitted public comments on Medicare’s Proposed Physician Fee Schedule for 2019, addressing plans for revising payments for Evaluation and Management office visits, new work relative values for leadless pacemaker, and the Quality Payment Program.
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.
Dr. Albert is the Director of the Center for Arrhythmia Prevention at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Kusumoto is Director Heart Rhythm Services Mayo Clinic Florida and Professor at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has written five books on cardiac pathophysiology and cardiac devices, including texts that have been translated into Chinese and Portuguese.
Dr. Russo is Director of the Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia Services at Cooper University Hospital and Professor of Medicine in the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. She has served on numerous HRS committees and task forces, including the Scientific Sessions Program Committee, and is a member of the HeartRhythm Journal editorial board.
Dr. Deering is Chief of the Arrhythmia Center, Chairman of the Clinical Centers for Excellence and Chief Quality Officer for Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta. He has served in a variety of volunteer roles within HRS. His research interests are focused on defining and implementing quality initiatives in electrophysiology and cardiovascular medicine.