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May 24, 2024

U.S. Senate Appropriators Highlight Importance of NIH Research

On May 23, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS) Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee conducted a hearing to review the President’s FY 2025 budget request for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIH Director Dr. Monica Bertagnolli’s opening remarks highlighted the efforts and value of NIH-supported research, calling attention to the need for better representation of diverse, underserved patient groups and a need for stronger data-sharing initiatives to accelerate research and patient care. Also mentioned in the meeting were the importance of federal investment on women’s health and continued research on diabetes, two of the Society’s top priorities. The Endocrine Society continues to be a leader in advocating for NIH funding.

Funding NIH at levels that advance biomedical research to improve human health is of utmost importance. On May 20, the Endocrine Society submittetestimony to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-HHS urging Congress to provide at least $53.303 billion to support NIH and apply funding consistently across all Institutes and Centers. It is imperative that Congressional leaders hear from their constituents about this issue: take action in our online campaign to write to your delegation now.

Society to Respond to Two Bipartisan Physician Payment Proposals Unveiled in the Senate

The Endocrine Society is planning to comment on two bipartisan physician payment proposals released this week in the U.S. Senate. On May 17, the Senate Finance Committee released a white paper outlining policy concepts related to reforming physician reimbursement. The bipartisan paper released by Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) outlines several areas that should be considered in legislation including sustainable payment updates, alternative payment model incentives, improvements to primary care, and continued access to telehealth. Meanwhile, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RIintroduced bipartisan legislation to address payment reform and improve reimbursement for primary care providers.  The Societycontinues to be a leading voice in advocating for physician payment reforms: earlier this year, the Endocrine Society successfully advocated for Congress to pass legislation to avert cuts to physician payment and we continue to urge Congress to pass legislation providing an inflation-based payment update based on the full Medicare Economic Index.

Advocacy at ENDO 2024 

Stop by the Advocacy table at the Endocrine Society Booth at ENDO in Boston from 1-3 pm June 1-3 to learn more about and get involved in ES Advocacy, share what is your top policy priority. We also will have some fun swag takeaways for those who take action on our online advocacy campaign to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health.

Also at ENDO, the Endocrine Society will host the second annual Endocrinology Mentor Day (eMD) as part of our activities to recruit medical students/residents into endocrinology. The event will take place on Sunday, June 2. During the event, medical students and residents will be paired with an Endocrine Society member as their “mentor” for the day. Mentors will guide attendees around ENDO and introduce them to ENDO’s signature programs, including poster presentations, interesting case studies, and a plenary session.

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