Don’t Miss the All-New Legislative Fly-In VIP Experience
The Society’s annual Legislative Fly-In is being revamped into a VIP experience designed to celebrate the STS members who take time out of their busy schedules to advocate for the specialty in Washington, DC. The date for the 2019 Legislative Fly-In has been changed to July 15-16. To secure your spot at this exclusive event, email Madeleine Stirling. Scholarships are available and will cover reasonable travel and meal expenses. Apply online by Thursday, May 30 to be considered; award decisions will be made in early June.
STS Takes Action to Preserve Research, Limit Tobacco Use, and Expand Medicare Coverage
The Society is working with national medical societies, public health groups, and research organizations on the following initiatives that would benefit cardiothoracic surgeons and their patients:
- PCORI Reauthorization—The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an organization that helps inform health care decision-making by producing and promoting high-integrity, evidence-based comparative effectiveness research. A coalition letter sent to Congress calls for federal funding of PCORI to be maintained for at least 10 years. PCORI reauthorization is one of the Society’s 2019 Advocacy Priorities.
- Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems—The Society submitted a letter to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its recent draft guidance on electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS). STS supports the FDA's efforts to increase restrictions on:
- Flavored ENDS products that are sold in ways that pose a greater risk for minors
- Products targeting minors using television, radio, and social media advertisements
- Products that do not have a premarket application submitted to the FDA by 2021
- Medicare Coverage of Skilled Nursing—The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2019 is a bill intended to clarify rules regarding Medicare coverage of stays at skilled nursing facilities (SNF). The Society sent lawmakers a letter supporting the effort to count so-called “observational stays” toward the 3 days of inpatient acute care required for beneficiaries to qualify for an SNF referral.
Questions? Want to get involved in advocacy?
Contact the STS Government Relations office via email or at 202-787-1230.