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Founded in 1905, the American Thoracic Society is the world's leading medical society dedicated to accelerating the advancement of global respiratory health through multidisciplinary collaboration, education, and advocacy. Core activities of the Society’s more than 16,000 members are focused on leading scientific discoveries, advancing professional development, impacting global health, and transforming patient care. Key areas of member focus include developing clinical practice guidelines, hosting the annual International Conference, publishing four peer-reviewed journals, advocating for improved respiratory health globally, and developing an array of patient education and career development resources.

The ATS advocates for our members, and the patients we serve, on all levels of the federal government. From the Administration, Congress and the Courts, the Society is actively advocating on behalf of physicians, scientists, and health professionals of the ATS. View highlights from our efforts in 2016.

Staying Informed

The ATS Washington Letter, written by the government relations staff, keeps clinicians, scientists, and patients abreast of legislative, judicial, and regulatory issues throughout the year.

The ATS Coding and Billing Quarterly, written by the ATS Clinical Practice Committee, provide ATS members with information about coding, billing and regulation compliance information for practicing pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine clinicians. The newsletter includes information on new and evolving CPT codes, ICD-10 codes, Medicare reimbursement policy and regulatory news that impact the field of respiratory medicine.

The ATS Research News Quarterly, written by the ATS Research Advocacy Committee, offers interviews and insight from thought leaders at key federal research programs including at NIH, VA, EPA, and CDC. 

Staying Active

For nearly a decade, the Annual ATS Hill Day has brought together advocacy volunteers in Washington, D.C. Participants gain insight on key issues for the Society and advocate on Capitol Hill, on behalf of their patients with respiratory, critical care, and sleep disorders.

The ATS Washington Office also issues periodic action alerts encouraging ATS members to take immediate action when key decisions are being made by Congress and the Administration.

Click here to participate in the ATS Advocacy Communications initiative and join our government relations efforts.

The ATS Breathing Better Alliance is our national grassroots advocacy network for ATS members who, in addition to receiving and responding to action alerts, would like more federal advocacy information. Click here to join the Breathing Better Alliance.

Advocacy Alert

Scroll down to read more, under ATS Top Priority Issues. The Society is seeking member input with letters to the editor. To contribute, email us.

American Thoracic Society - Washington DC Office
1150 18th Street, N.W., Suite 300
Washington D.C. 20036
Phone: 202 296-9770
Fax: 202 296-9776