The intersection of a growing elderly population, high rate of uninsured Americans, weakened economy and changes in the CMS reimbursement structure has created a perfect storm that is testing the limits of the U.S. health care system and physician practice models. The numbers are staggering. According to U.S. Census reports, the number of persons age 65 years and older will more than double to 80 million by 2030 and the health care workforce is already showing signs of strain. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation estimates that the number of Americans in 2010 without health coverage is 49.4 million individuals.

“The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.” — John Schaar

The road to reform is rocky and uncertain. This inaugural edition of the CardioSurve Newsletter seeks to share insights from our CardioSurve panel as we navigate the changes in the practice of cardiovascular medicine. This publication reflects the findings from over six months of research with 350 cardiologist panel members. Clearly the U.S health system is at a crossroads; our ability to create the future begins now.