The biggest announcement this month is the retirement of CTS Executive Director, Phil Porte. Phil and his entire team at GRQ have done a tremendous job over the past several years furthering organizational growth and strength. With 7 institutional members and over 700 individual members, CTS is well positioned to continue to meet its mission to improve California lung health and, through advocacy and education, advance the science and practice of pulmonary and critical care medicine.
On behalf of the CTS Executive Committee, Michelle Cao, George Su, Tisha Wang, Nicholas Kolaitis and Ni-Cheng Liang, I want to thank all our members for your continued support of CTS. We were very excited to be able to connect with so many of you on our virtual platform despite the COVID limitations during the past year. I also want to thank Dr. Devereaux for putting together the excellent COVID State of the ICU zoom series dur- ing our winter surge.
CTS is 80 years old this year. As one of the oldest and largest ATS chapters, we are proud of our record of innovation, education and professional development not just within ATS but the PCCM/S community in Cali- fornia and the nation.
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CTS Position Statement on the November 3rd Election: October 2020 Ordinarily, the 2020 elections would have stood out simply due to the pivotal decisions that we face as individuals and healthcare professionals as we look towards the policies and politicians that will represent us and shape our lives, communities, and practices. The mere existence of the Afforda- ble Care Act, with hotly debated topics including reimbursement for healthcare providers, the tax- payer and individual cost and breadth of health insurance coverage, and the ever increasing bur- den of EMR would have been ample cause for potent discussions involving clinicians, patients and politicians. Statewide, discussions about healthcare benefits for gig economy workers, tighter regu- lations on dialysis centers, and taxes on business property also result in vigorous debates pertinent to our professional expertise. From a social policy standpoint, how the pillars of institutional racism are carried forward, or systematically dismantled, by the people we elect and measures we support directly affects the healthcare disparities that we see in our practices every day. (1)