The Advocacy section of the STS website offers the latest and most important regulatory and legislative news and resources relevant to cardiothoracic surgery.

  • Check out On the Record to view public statements pertaining to the regulatory issues that affect practicing cardiothoracic surgeons.
  • Contribute to STS-PAC and see how your contributions are making a difference.
  • Get involved. Sign up to be an STS Key Contact and help build relationships while advocating for the specialty.
  • Visit the Legislative Action Center to learn about issues affecting the specialty, and write or call your members of Congress to let them know what you think.

What's New

Check out the MACRA Toolkit for Cardiothoracic Surgeons

Read the latest updates from the Society on health reform priorities

Review an updated fact sheet and FAQs regarding a new Medicare reporting requirement for global surgical services.

Watch our new video featuring Drs. Raymond L. Singer, Alan M. Speir, Douglas J. Mathisen, Kevin D. Accola, and Keith S. Naunheim discussing efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to assess the accuracy of valuation for 10- and 90-day global surgical codes.

The May 2017 issue of STS Advocacy Monthly is now available.

Highlights include:

1. Avoid Payment Cut—Submit Data to CMS through STS National Database
2. STS Releases MACRA Toolkit
3. CABG Bundle Delayed to 2018
4. Society Updates Health Reform Priorities
5. STS Signs Letters on Smoking Ban, UDIs in Claims Forms
6. Society Endorses Legislation on Medical Liability and Education Reform
7. STS Advocacy Scholarship Recipients Attend ACS Summit
8. Key Contact Connect: Check Up with Congress