STS News, Winter 2017 -- This past October, 20 STS members traveled to Washington, DC, and met with Congressional staff. During the course of 35 meetings, members urged lawmakers to protect reimbursement for life-saving lung cancer screenings, cautioning that cutting payments for screenings may prohibit access and endanger patient health. They also encouraged careful oversight of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act implementation.
In conjunction with the Fly-In, the Society held its first-ever congressional briefing, “Clinical Data Registries and Alternative Payment Models.” Congressional staffers, as well as Fly-In attendees, heard from STS Second Vice President and Secretary Keith S. Naunheim, MD, STS Past President Jeffrey B. Rich, MD, and Chair of the STS Council on Quality, Research, and Patient Safety David M. Shahian, MD about how the STS National Database can be utilized in Medicare physician payment reform.
Learn more about how to get involved in advocacy efforts on behalf of the specialty.
View photos and a video of the briefing—which may be of use to you in interactions with hospital administrators, payers, and others—below.