The HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting is now OnDemand

FAQs

Look below for everything you need to know about the virtual meeting experience. Get your questions answered! NOTE: The virtual platform will remain open through December 31, 2020 for OnDemand access. Please use the email address with which you originally registered to get access. 

Technical and Platform Information

Accessing OnDemand Recordings and Session Slides

You may continue using the email with which you registered for the meeting to gain access to the OnDemand platform through December 31, 2020. To access recordings and slides, follow these instructions: 

Session Recordings + Slides: Lobby Monitors

Scroll to the bottom of the monitors in the Scientific Sessions Theater lobby and the Industry Theater lobby to see available OnDemand sessions. Click "Watch On Demand." Once the session opens, you may access materials, including session slides and links to claim CE credits, via the tabs below the presentation window.

Slides: Resources Area

All session slides will be available in the Resources area once production concludes. Click "Resources" from the top-level menu. Select "Presentation Resources" from the drop-down and then click on the folder for a presentation to see available slides.

Continuing Education

Has the meeting been CE accredited?

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In support of improving patient care, The Heart Failure Society of America is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

 

 

How many CE credits can I get?

Physicians

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HFSA designates this live activity for a maximum of 60.05 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the  evaluation component and post-test with 75% passing score, enables the participant to earn up to 12.25 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.

 

Nurses

This educational activity is approved for continuing nursing education (CNE) units by the Heart Failure Society of American, an accredited provider of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This activity is approved for a maximum of 60.05 contact hours (which includes 16.00 hours of nursing pharmacology. See details below).

Pharmacology Hours for Nurses

For Nurses who require pharmacology hours for their certification or licensure renewal, this year the HFSA Annual meeting offers opportunities to accrue 16.00 hours.

Pharmacists

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The Heart Failure Society of America is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education (CPE). This event is accredited for 34.75 contact hours of knowledge-based CPE. Pharmacist participants may earn up to 34.75 hours of knowledge-based CPE. To earn credit, participants must complete the online evaluation for each presentation attended and submit their NABP ID and DOB (MMDD). Once evaluations are completed, CPE will be uploaded to CPE monitor within 60 days of the close of  the activity. Pharmacist must fill out evaluation to claim credit by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, November 20, 2020.

How can I claim CE credits? 

While watching a Scientific Session or Satellite Symposia ondemand, click the "Claim CE Credit" tab that appears below the session player to access evaluations.

  • Evaluations must be completed in order to receive credit certificates.
  • All evaluations will be electronic and are mobile optimized. 

To select a particular session from a list of all sessions containing CE/MOC credits, you may also use this link: https://ceu.experientevent.com/HFS201

MOC Credit: Additional Details

Learners seeking to claim contact hours in the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program, must complete the evaluation and pass the post-test assessment with a 75% score. Learners must provide the HFSA with their ABIM number along with their Date of Birth (MMDD). The HFSA will report all successfully obtained MOC contact hours directly to the ABIM.

The deadline to claim MOC credit is 11:59 PM EST on Friday, November 20, 2020.

Pharmacy Credit: Additional Details

Learners seeking to claim continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit hours must complete the online evaluation for each presentation attended and submit their NABP ID and DOB (MMDD). Once evaluations are completed, CPE will be uploaded to CPE monitor within 60 days of the close of the activity. Evaluations are available in the "Claim CE Credit" tab housed within the session player for a session offering CPE credits.

Pharmacists must fill out evaluation to claim credit by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, November 20, 2020.

Where can I view a full list of sessions offering CE? 

View the full list of sessions offering CE in the Continuing Education Book.

Program, Speakers, and Slides

How can I access the full program?

Before the meeting starts, you can access program details including faculty and session details in the Online Program Planner*. The Online Program Planner will not integrate with the virtual meeting platform, so if you have developed an itinerary in the planner, we recommend that you export it to your personal calendar or print the itinerary to follow throughout the meeting.    

You can also access the program at a glance in the PDF Final Program, available here. On the virtual meeting platform, you can access the program by clicking the “View Sessions Agenda” sign in the virtual lobby. This agenda will include links to take you directly to the session location. The Scientific Sessions Theater Lobby and Industry Theaters Lobby will contain agendas for their respective sessions.

*NOTE: You must create an account in the Poster Hall to participate in Live Poster Chats. You will need your last name and badge number, which was sent in the confirmation email. See below for details about Live Poster ChatsHow is the program organized each day?

  • Express Days – The five weekdays throughout the meeting are Express Days, consisting of CE and non-CE sessions, and networking activities between 4:30 PM and 9:30 PM EDT. Daily end times vary by day. View the final program for specifics. 
  • Full Days – The two weekend days throughout the meeting are full days, consisting of CE and non-CE sessions, live Industry and Poster Chats, and networking activities between 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM EDT. Daily start and end times vary by day. View the final program for specifics. 
  • OnDemand: Live presentations will be available ondemand within 24-48 hours. You can watch when it’s convenient for you.

Exact start times may differ slightly, please plan to join early to ensure you do not miss the start of the presentation.

Where can I access session slides? 

During the session, click the “Slides/Materials” tab in the session player. After a session concludes, all slides will upload automatically into the Resources Center under “Presentation Resources,” which is accessible from the top-level menu “More” button or the desk in the Virtual Lobby. 

I missed a live presentation. How can I watch it?

Presentations will be made available ondemand and will remain available on the online platform for 90 days post-meeting. You must register before December 31, 2020 at 11:45 PM EDT to benefit from early access at reduced rates. Find session recordings in the virtual meeting platform on the agenda monitors in the Scientific Session Theater Lobby and Industry Theater Lobby. Scroll to find particular sessions, click "OnDemand" to watch the recording. 

Where can I view speaker disclosures? 

Speaker disclosure information is available in the virtual meeting platform Resources Hub. Speakers also have a disclosure slide at the beginning of each presentation. 

Registration

How do I register for the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020?

Visit the Registration Page to sign-up for the meeting. Group and third-party registration is not available and that delegates must register themselves. You can register through December 31, 2020 at 11:45 PM EDT. To register, you will need to sign in to your HFSA Member Portal account. If you do not have an HFSA Member Portal account you will need to create one during the registration process by clicking “Create an Account.” Register here.

It's after October 6 and I would like to access OnDemand content. How can I purchase it? 

Delegates are welcome to register for OnDemand access at reduced meeting rates through December 31, 2020 at 11:45 PM EDT. To register, you will need to sign in to your HFSA Member Portal account. If you do not have an HFSA Member Portal account you will need to create one during the registration process by clicking “Create an Account.” Register here.

I can’t attend the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020. How can I access the scientific presentations?

We’re sorry you’ll miss HFSA2020. Registered attendees will be able to access all presentations on the platform for 90 days after the meeting ends. Non-registered attendees will be available to purchase the presentations as a bundle in the HFSA Learning Center after the 90-day post-meeting period ends. We urge you to register before December 31, 2020 at 11:45 PM EDT to benefit from early access at reduced rates.

Who is eligible to register for the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020?

Physicians (MD, DO), nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, trainees, health professionals, dieticians, EMS, nutritionists, OTs, PAs, PTs, policy analysts, physiotherapists, technicians/research, FDA/NIH representatives, and members of the press with a special interest in heart failure are eligible to attend the meeting. Patients and caregivers are also eligible to attend. Learn more here
 

Technical Recommendations

The HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 is being held on the MedscapeLIVE! platform. All attendees are highly encouraged to use Google Chrome or Firefox to access the Virtual Meeting Platform.

Important Recommendations: 

  • Access the virtual platform link on Google Chrome (preferred) or Firefox.

  • Log off VPN or DWS / DB network.  This will greatly improve your connection.

  • A hardwired internet connection is best, if possible, but not necessary.

  • Enlarge the platform so that you're viewing it in full screen. You can also click the button at the bottom of the screen to enlarge the player once you're in a session. 

Be sure to verify that your volume is turned on and that you are connected to the internet. 

I can’t hear the presentation

Please ensure the volume on your computer speakers is turned up and that the sound of the presentation is not muted. If you continue to have issues with sound after checking the volume and restarting your computer, click the "Live Support Chat" button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen for technical assistance from the Medscape team. 

I’m having technical difficulties

If you experience any slow downs or delays, first try clicking “refresh” in the bottom right-hand corner. Technical questions about the platform, including questions about required technology, delays, freezing issues, etc., are best answered by the Medscape team. Attendees can click the "Live Support Chat" button in the lower right-hand side of the screen for assistance.

Using the Virtual Meeting Platform

Site Hours

The conference will begin on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 4:30 PM EST.  The virtual meeting platform will open on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 10:00 AM EDT and will be accessible via virtual.hfsa.org. The platform will remain open 24 hours a day through December 31, 2020 at 11:45 PM EDT. 

Time Zone 

The live meeting will be presented on an Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) schedule. 

Logging in 

Please use the email address that you registered with as your log in. A password is not required. Please note that you can only be logged in at once device during the same time. Once you have logged in, please take a few minutes to set up your profile to create a better experience when engaging with fellow attendees via chat functions.

How do I access the various program activities like scientific sessions, industry theaters, exhibit / poster halls, networking, etc.? 

All activities taking place throughout the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting can be launched from the Virtual Lobby. Simply click an item from the top-level menu or click a button found on one of the virtual signs in the lobby. Remember to click the “More” button in the top-level menu if you cannot find the link you are seeking. 

  • Agenda – Can be accessed directly in the virtual meeting platform by clicking the “View Sessions Agenda” sign in the virtual lobby. It can also be accessed in PDF form here or via the Online Program Planner
  • Scientific Sessions – can be accessed through the Scientific Sessions Theater Lobby.  You will see a full agenda of these sessions by Theater in the lobby.
  • Industry Theaters – can be accessed through the Industry Theaters Lobby.  You will see a full agenda of these sessions by Theater in the lobby. 
  • Satellite Symposium – can be accessed through the Satellite Symposium Theater, located in the "more" drop-down menu.
  • Exhibit Halls – all halls can be accessed through the Exhibit and Poster Hall Lobby. You can view a full list of exhibitors in the final program or in the Resources Center
  • Poster Hall – can be accessed through the Exhibit and Poster Hall Lobby. You can view a full list of ePosters and abstracts in the final program or in the Resources Center.
  • Session Slides – these will automatically upload to the "Resources – Presentation Resources" area after a session concludes. While in a session, you can click the "Slides/Materials" tab to view slides.
  • Meeting Resources – can be accessed through the Resources link on the front desk in the Virtual Lobby.
  • Information on HFSA membership, programs, and activities – can be found under the HFSA Help Desk, accessed from the link on the front desk in the Virtual Lobby.

Subtitles

All presentations are made in English. Subtitles are not available. You can watch the presentation again on-demand.

Attendee Profiles

Please be sure to update your attendee profile to enhance your interactions across the platform. Click on an attendee’s profile to view information. Click the star in any profile to follow the individual. Click on the attendee’s profile to message an individual directly.

If you would like to edit your account privacy, click "Edit Account Settings."

Questions

If you have questions prior to the meeting start, contact Ana Carolina Lybecker at 301-312-8653 ext. 232 or alybecker@hfsa.org

PLEASE NOTE: After the live meeting concludes on October 6, 2020, please direct questions to HFSA staff at info@hfsa.org. Inquiries sent through the virtual meeting platform may not be received and/or may result in delayed responses. 

If you have questions while logged into the online platform, during the meeting: 
Visit the virtual HFSA Help Desk, accessible via a link in the main, top-level menu or the desk in the virtual lobby. Representatives of HFSA staff will be available to assist you.

Technical Questions: Technical questions about the platform, including questions about required technology, delays, freezing issues, etc., are best answered by the Medscape team. Attendees can click the "Live Support Chat" button in the lower right-hand side of the screen for assistance.

Interaction and Engagement

How can I interact with participants and presenters during the meeting?

Most live sessions will have a window where you can ask chat with fellow attendees and an Interactivity tab to ask questions of faculty. The Networking Lounge will have Forums focused on specific topics, as well as a chat box for candid conversations. Attendees may also chat directly with one another by clicking on the messaging feature from the individual’s profile. Attendees can chat directly with exhibitors in the Exhibit Halls and with abstract presenters in the Poster Hall – ideally during Live Poster and Industry Chat hours. See program for dates and times for live chats. Please be sure to update your attendee profile to enhance your interactions across the platform. 

How can I ask a question during the Live Sessions?

During live presentations, attendees can click the "Q&A" tab to submit questions for session faculty. If the session has polling, it will also appear under this tab. 

How can I interact with a presenter whose Abstract is in the Poster Hall? 

You will be able to view abstracts and ePosters in the Poster Hall 24/7 – the hall will remain open around the clock. We strongly encourage attendees to visit the Poster Hall during the Poster Chat event times. A LIVE representative and poster presenter will be available to answer any questions.

IMPORTANT NOTE: in order to interact with abstract and ePoster presenters, you must create a login in the Poster Hall. You will need your last name and badge number, which was sent in the confirmation email. See below for details about Live Poster Chats. This account will be different than the account you use to login on the HFSA Member Portal and the HFSA Virtual ASM virtual meeting platform. 

Live Poster Chat Hours: 

  • Saturday, October 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
  • Sunday, October 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Will all abstracts be published in an Abstract Book?

All abstracts presented at the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 will be published in an online supplement of the Journal of Cardiac Failure – October 2020, Vol 26, Issue 10. 

Exhibitors

Where can I find information about exhibitors?

Access the Exhibit Hall tab through the main menu of the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 platform to explore the exhibit halls. There will be two halls: Exhibit Hall A – Commercial and Exhibit Hall B - Medical and Emerging Therapies Row. A full list of exhibitors can be found in the program and on the virtual meeting platform. 

How can I interact with a representative of an exhibitor in the Exhibit Halls? 

You will be able to view exhibitions in any of the Exhibit Halls at any time – the halls will remain open around the clock. We strongly encourage attendees to visit the Exhibit Halls during the Industry Chat event times. A LIVE representative and poster presenter will be available to answer any questions.

Please be sure to update your attendee profile to enhance your interactions across the platform. 

Live Industry Chat Hours: 

  • Saturday, October 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
  • Sunday, October 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Will Industry have educational sessions?

Yes. Industry Theaters will take place throughout the meeting in Industry Theaters A and B. Theaters are accessible via the Industry Theater tab on the main menu. You can view a full list of Industry Theaters in the final program.

Will Industry Theaters be available OnDemand?

Yes. Presentations will be made available ondemand and will remain available on the online platform for 90 days post-meeting. You must register before December 31, 2020 at 11:45 PM EDT to benefit from early access at reduced rates. Find session recordings in the virtual meeting platform on the agenda monitors in the Industry Theater Lobby. Scroll to find particular sessions, click "OnDemand" to watch the recording.

Social Media

What are the HFSA Social Media platforms?

Join HFSA on our social media platforms: 

  • Twitter: Journal of Cardiac Failure account: @JCardFail

What are the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 hashtags? 

When tweeting about HFSA Virtual ASM, please use only the official hashtag:  #HFSA2020
You can also add #HFSAWeek

Attendee Contests and Raffles

What contests, raffles, and prizes are offered at the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting? 

Prior to the meeting start, you can learn about the contests, raffles and prizes offered here. Once the meeting kicks off, visit the Networking Lounge for information regarding scoring points. 

How do I get points for the attendee contests and raffles? 

Prior to the meeting start, you can learn about how you can score points for the raffles here. Once the meeting kicks off, visit the Networking Lounge for information regarding scoring points. 

Where can I find out who is in the lead for the contests and raffles? 

Once the meeting starts, attendees can visit the Networking Lounge to view contest and raffles information and a leaderboard

*No HFSA Annual Scientific Meeting sponsorship revenue is being utilized to fund prizes for attendee contests and raffles. All prizes are being funded solely by the Heart Failure Society of America.

Press

I am looking for Press registration / accreditation

Press are eligible to attend by completing this form. Members of the press must submit credentials. See full list of accepted credentials here.

I am looking for embargoed material

Embargo Policy: Abstracts accepted are embargoed for release until the first day of the Heart Failure Society of America’s Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting.

HFSA Information 

Membership and Fellowship in HFSA

What are the HFSA membership categories and  benefits?

Explore all available HFSA membership categories and benefits for members here.

How can I check my membership status?

Check your membership status in your HFSA Member Portal Account on the Overview tab.

How do I become a member?

Find out all about membership here.

How do I renew my membership?

Membership can be renewed in the HFSA Member Portal here

How can I become a Fellow of the Heart Failure Society of America (FHFSA)?

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021 fellowship cycle. Deadline for applications is April 30, 2021. Learn more.

I am a young professional in the heart failure field. How can I connect with the HFSA early careers community? 

During the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020, visit the Early Career Forum and chat with like-minded peers from across the country. A special place for attendees wishing to connect with the early career community. This forum encourages sharing information, news, and advice on early career development. To access the Forum visit the Networking Lounge menu tab. You can learn more about leadership opportunities and the work of the Early Career Committee here.

Have further questions about membership or fellowship?

For membership questions, contact Ericka Ochoa at 301-312-8635 or membership@hfsa.org.
For fellowship questions, contact Ana Carolina Lybecker at 301-312-8653 ext. 232 or alybecker@hfsa.org
 

Journal of Cardiac Failure

Where can I learn about or read articles in the Journal of Cardiac Failure? 

Visit the Journal of Cardiac Failure website here.

Twitter: Journal of Cardiac Failure account: @JCardFail

Other

Additional Questions

If you have read the above and your question is not answered, please note that this page may be updated. You can also contact HFSA staff.

On the online platform / During the meeting: 

During live hours throughout the duration of the meeting, attendees will be able to ask questions about the meeting in the virtual HFSA Help Desk, accessible via a link in the main, top-level menu or the desk in the virtual lobby. Representatives of HFSA staff will be available to assist you.

Technical Questions: Technical questions about the platform, including questions about required technology, delays, freezing issues, etc., are best answered by the Medscape team. Attendees can click the button in the lower right-hand side of the screen for assistance.
 

Terms and Conditions and Disclaimers

HFSA2020 terms and conditions: Participants guarantee that the content he/she submits on the virtual meeting platform is not obscene, threatening, harassing, deceptive, invasive of another’s privacy, offensive, defamatory of any person, illegal or otherwise deliberately intended to upset or harm other users. The Heart Failure Society of America reserves the right, at it sole discretion, to edit, refuse to publish, and remove any User’s content from HFSA websites at any time and without prior notice.

No HFSA Annual Scientific Meeting sponsorship revenue is being utilized to fund prizes for attendee contests and raffles. All prizes are being funded solely by the Heart Failure Society of America.