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Quality Improvement

The HRS Quality Improvement program aims to create and foster a culture of QI within the heart rhythm community.

NEW - Heart Rhythm 2024 Quality Improvement and Health Policy OnDemand (FREE on HRS365)

Click here to view full-length session recordings for all the QI and HP content you may have missed in Boston. This complimentary bundle includes all three highly-attended Business of EP Sessions and offers 12.75 COP credit. The collection includes:

  • If You are Not at the Table, You are On the Menu: Physicians, Hospitals, and ASCs
  • Inequities in Electrophysiology: Challenges and Opportunities 
  • The Workforce Crisis in CV Medicine 
  • Negotiating Value for Arrhythmia Care 
  • NEW to the HRS Program: Business of EP Session 1 – Healthcare Landscape, Payment and Revenue in Cardiac EP 
  • NEW to the HRS Program: Business of EP Session 2 – Practice Management, Operational Efficiencies and Working with Hospital Administration for the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiologist 
  • NEW to the HRS Program: Business of EP Session 3 – Reclaiming Physician EP Leadership
  • Update in Common Problems
  • AF Quality Care Improvement: Leapfrog to the Future
  • If We Build It, Can We Put Food on the Table?
  • Arrhythmia Care 101: Thinking Outside of the Box
  • EP is Confusing: One Size Does Not Fit All
  • Arrhythmia Quality Improvement: The Roadmap to the Future – What All EP Clinicians Need to Know!

COMPASS Early Rhythm Management Webinar Series

Join esteemed moderators and panelists to learn about a multidisciplinary approach to atrial fibrillation (AFib), different facets of AFib treatment, and the shift to early rhythm control for AFib management. Supported by Sanofi and Biosense Webster, these three complimentary webinars each contain thoughtful presentations, recorded Q&As with a panel of experts, and full transcripts.

Episode 1: Different Facets of AFib Management - In this episode, Luigi Di Biase, MD, PhD, FHRS, addresses the best rhythm control strategies for early intervention in AF patients, including new technologies to potentially improve ablation outcome, identifying patients most suitable for LAA occlusion, and how lifestyle changes impact the AF disease course. Additional presentations and a Q&A-based discussion are also included with John Allison, MD, Devi G. Nair, MD, FHRS, Sanghamitra Mohanty, MBBS, MD, MS, FHRS, and Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS.

Episode 2 My Patient Has Atrial Fibrillation - What Now? - AFib patients can be seen and treated at multiple points in the healthcare system. In this episode, Thomas Deering, MD, MBA, FHRS, Thomas Deneke, MD, PhD, FHRS, Gerhard Hindricks, MD, Kathleen Kenny, MD, Nassir F. Marrouche, MD, FHRS, and Prashanthan Sanders, MBBS, PhD, FHRS, explore a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating AFib in a primary care or emergency medicine setting. This activity covers rhythm control options and includes a Q&A moderated by Andrea M. Russo, MD, FHRS.

Episode 3: Early Rhythm Control: The New Paradigm in Atrial Fibrillation - In this episode, Jason G. Andrade, MD, FHRS, T. Jared Bunch, MD, FHRS, Mina K. Chung, MD, FHRS, Thomas Deering, MD, MBA, FHRS, CCDS, Andrea Natale, MD, FHRS, and Jonathan P. Piccini, Sr., MD, MHS, FHRS, discuss clinical outcomes of EAST-AFNET 4 relating to mortality, stroke, and readmission, describe an ideal timeline for implementing rhythm control protocol, and join in a panel discussion with Andrea M. Russo, MD, FHRS.

Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation: The Special Issues We Face Daily (Plus Self-Assessment)

Managing stroke risk in specific populations often requires a tailored approach. The health care professional must weigh the risks and benefits of the different management strategies with each patient, and there are many “gray” areas for which no solid evidence base is available. This complimentary case-based activity will address what to do when special situations arise and will examine the management of stroke risk in various patient populations in the context of surgery, acute coronary syndrome, AF ablation, and after a major bleeding event.

The learner can also participate in an 18-question self-assessment examination and can earn up to 2 ACE credits.

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EP Lab Efficiencies

Now more than ever, heart rhythm specialists seek to improve the efficiency of their ablation labs. HRS is pleased to offer you the following resources to help improve the care and outcomes for patients while also increasing efficiency:

EP Lab Efficiencies Webinar Series

EP Lab EfficienciesIn this seven-part webinar series, learners may view the full series or select only the topics and segments of interest. Transcripts for each video are also provided.

The 7 videos cover the following areas of focus:

  1. Why EP labs should focus on efficiency;
  2. Explanation of a specific model for efficiency from Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, AL;
  3. How to implement principles of quality improvement in an EP lab;
  4. The importance of team member involvement;
  5. The relationship between electrophysiology and anesthesiology departments;
  6. Engagement with the patient and caregiver; and
  7. Reproducing the model in your own institution.
How to Make Your EP Lab More Efficient

This session from Heart Rhythm 2022, How to Make Your EP Lab More Efficient, follows a robust conversation in how to make your EP lab run more efficiently. Presentations include:

  1. Why Bother? Improving the EP Lab Work Environment: Jennifer M. Wright, MA, MD, FHRS
  2. How Can the EP Lab Staff Help to Improve Lab Efficiency: Jena Humer, CCRN
  3. How to Run an Efficient EP Lab in Academics: Martin J. LaPage, MD, MS, FHRS, CCDS, CEPS-P
  4. How to Run an Efficient EP Lab in Private Practice: Moeen Saleem, MD
  5. How to Engage Your Hospital Administrator to Improve EP Lab Efficiency: Joshua Adler

Advancing Guideline-Directed Care in Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy

Genetic testing is increasingly important in determining potential cardiac conditions in patients and is used in clinical settings more than ever before. To ensure that physicians have up-to-date knowledge of the evolving role of genetic testing for identifying predisposition for genetic heart disease and sudden death, which can be lifesaving for some patients, the Heart Rhythm Society developed a webinar to increase awareness and adoption of guideline directed care for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM).

Upon completion of this complimentary, 1-COP credit webinar, the learner will be able to: Describe the growing role of genetic testing in clinical practice for patients with HCM, Discuss how genetic testing fits in to multidisciplinary care of the patient with HCM, and Discuss barriers to referral for genetic testing and possible solutions.

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QI Support of HRS Vision Through Optimizing Outcomes

HRS Optimizing OutcomesThe vision of HRS is to end death and suffering due to heart rhythm disorders. HRS quality improvement (QI) efforts support that vision through our Optimizing Outcomes initiatives that…

  • are led by heart rhythm specialists committed to improved care and outcomes
  • engage the global heart rhythm community to address gaps and disparities throughout the world
  • leverage the diversity, strength and unity of the HRS membership
  • foster collaboration, communication and care coordination between all clinicians that treat heart rhythm patients
  • concentrate on systems-based improvements, with the potential to result in the largest impact
  • evolve with the most recent science and knowledge
  • focus on the patient

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