Since its inception in 1940, CTS has been a leading healthcare professional organization in California, promulgating the highest standards of care in lung health,
through education, collaboration, science and advocacy. We are committed to helping the frontline clinician deliver the best care possible for his/her patient and to creating a professional community based on excellence, lifelong learning, empathy, compassion, and diversity.
COPD: In 2016, CTS developed a COPD Initiative, a multi-year program designed to provide bedside clinicians with the information, tools and resources needed to deliver the best care for their patients with COPD. The Initiative was launched with a one day symposium, COPD Today: A Team Approach that was held on 1/29/2016. Phase I includes the creation of an online hub (COPD CENTRAL) aimed at helping providers navigate the confusing barrage of information and state and national nonprofit organizations as well as other online resources by connecting them with organized and trustworthy information and resources in California.
Lung Cancer: CTS sponsored the first postgraduate course in Lung Cancer at the ATS International Conference in 2007, held an all day symposium on Lung Cancer in 2014 and co-sponsored the Society of Thoracic Radiology 2015 Lung Cancer Screening symposium.
We also work with the ALA and ALA-C on issues such as Lung Cancer, COPD and climate change, healthy air and tobacco control legislation, helping to promote existing control and prevention resources, as well as define needs and priorities for individuals with lung diseases.
CTS has always been active in public policy. Examples of prior legislative initiatives include sponsoring successful legislation to allow day care staff assistance to children needing inhaler and nebulizer care. CTS prepared the curriculum implementing the training component of the day care nebulizer-inhaler law.
CTS is a member of the California Medical Association. Members of our Health Care Policy (HCP) Committee are specialty delegates to the CMA, working to foster public policy improvements health care for Californians. Currently resolutions pertaining to Climate Change, Sex Trafficking of Minors, Consent for Telehealth, Health Information Data Blocking, Physician Maintenance of Certification Exams and USP Compounding Rules are under consideration.
CTS has representatives on the Medicare Contractor Advisory Committee (CAC). CTS specifically addresses special issues regarding home oxygen, PFTs, ABG studies, and pulmonary rehabilitation.