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ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) 17th Annual Scientific Meeting will open with a plenary session entitled "The Impact of Healthcare Reform." The session will feature presentations from Dr. Michael Chernew, M.D., Dr. Vivian Ho, Ph.D., and Ms. Ellen Zane.

The session will focus on identifying key features of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and describing how the new law will impact clinicians and hospitals, especially in the area of heart failure. The session will also feature a discussion about high value healthcare.

Dr. Ho 's portion of the presentation will focus on the Medicare payment reforms that will affect physicians and hospitals as part of the ACA, including incentive payments for accountable care organizations, bundled payments, and pay for performance. Dr. Ho explains that "these reforms could potentially lead to increased consolidation of physician groups and the emergence of more physician-hospital organizations, along with the increased demand for physician care under the ACA."

Ms. Zane will discuss healthcare reform and the ACA from the perspective of the hospital CEO. Her presentation will focus on ways that the CEO can adapt to the changes and challenges that are part of healthcare reform. She explains that "hospital leaders can no longer do things the way they have always done them, and we need to adapt our processes and cultures with an eye on the future."

Finally, Dr. Michael Chernew's presentation will focus on new ways to reduce healthcare spending in a safe way.

The 17th Annual Scientific Meeting is a four-day forum for heart failure specialists to present research findings and advances in treatment. Presentations will address emerging trends in research and new developments in the approach to treating patients with all stages of heart failure.

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