The Current State of Electrophysiology

There are approximately 2000 Cardiac Electrophysiologists in the United States who are highly specialized “NAVY SEALS” equivalent to the medical workforce. It takes 12-16 years of training to be one.

They take care of the most complex electrical conditions of the beating heart through minimally invasive surgery called “Ablation.”

What kind of heart conditions need ablation?

  • Atrial fibrillation – Affects 5 million Americans, and the number is expected to reach 12.1 million by 2030
  • Ventricular tachycardias – life-threatening arrhythmias from the lower chambers of the heart affect about 500K Americans each year and #1 killer
  • Supraventricular tachycardias (SVT) – affect a million young and female Americans under 18 years of age

What is the current status of ablation services in the United States?

  • <1% of patients who need Ablation have access to it
  • < 1500 Electrophysiologists are available to treat over 6.5 million patients with the most complex cardiac rhythm disorders
  • There are not enough electrophysiologists in the inner city and rural America
  • Total dollars spent is a minuscule fraction of the healthcare dollars spent

Stop the 2022/2023 Cuts. Restore the Ablation reimbursement to reflect 2021 level