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The Leading Edge

The otolaryngologist as endocrine surgeon

Otolaryngology is an amazingly diverse specialty, extending from medical treatment of allergies to a wide-range of pediatrics, and from otology/neurotology/skull base surgery to head-neck surgery, and now, thyroid and parathyroid endocrine surgery of the neck. One must keep in mind the high prevalence of hyperparathyroidism in our patient population.

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Speaking up for physician well-being

The American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) recently released recommendations related to the 80-hour work week for resident trainees. The Academy and other organizations within the specialty made recommendations to the ACGME and were quite pleased with their proposals to increase flexibility in surgical residency training programs while maintaining safeguards for patient safety and [...]

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At The Forefront

BOARD OF GOVERNORS
The power of communication

Recently, I was watching a television show set during the reign of Louis XIV of France (1643-1715). King Louis XIV started bleeding and requested his physician. The next scene shows a gentleman at the physician’s home relaying the request and escorting her to the king. In those days, if you wanted to communicate with someone, [...]

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Alphabet Soup: Acronyms you need to know

Ever read an article, have a conversation, or watch a news program that includes myriad acronyms that cause a “what does that mean” moment? Get some answers by reviewing the compilation of acronyms below.

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BOARD OF GOVERNORS SOCIOECONOMIC & GRASSROOTS COMMITTEE
Emergency room call survey results

While there has been a significant shift to outpatient locations for much of the scope of otolaryngology, many hospitals and institutions still require provision of emergency services as a requirement of medical staff membership. As part of the Board of Governors’ (BOG) mission to identify and communicate issues for and with Academy Members, a survey [...]

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How to calculate your honor points

Honor points, Honors Awards, and Distinguished Service Awards are all part of the Academy and Foundation’s system of recognizing Members for volunteer activities. The honor point promotes recognition not only for the quality of service, but also for the variety and longevity of service. Non-members receive honor points but are not eligible for Honors Awards [...]

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Registration now open for the 2017 ENT for the PA-C Annual CME Conference

This continuing medical education activity is specifically designed for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and medical professionals working in ENT, or interested in learning more about otolaryngology in primary care, urgent care, pediatric, and emergency room settings.

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Features

From the AAO-HNS Voice Committee
Share your voice

According to the United States Census Bureau, as of December 30, 2016, the estimated population of the U.S. was more than 300 million, with the world population estimated at over seven billion. These more than seven billion human beings on our planet share their unique voices to creatively express emotion, inspire change, engage in conversation, [...]

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Voice Committee members offer responses to patients’ most common questions on voice care

Featuring questions by Libby J. Smith, MD, with answers by Sid Khosla, MD; Norman D. Hogikyan, MD; Julina Ongkasuwan, MD; Jeanne L. Hatcher, MD; and Reena Gupta, MD

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Academy, Anthem collaborate on new diagnostic fiberoptic flexible laryngoscopy policy

Thanks to Academy physician leaders’ comments and clinical recommendations, Anthem revised clinical coverage indications in their new diagnostic fiberoptic flexible laryngoscopy (FFL) medical policy.

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Academy toolkit for MIPS reporting in 2017

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 created the Quality Payment Program (QPP), containing two pathways for participation: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) program. Both payment programs began January 1, 2017.

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From the OREBM Committee Series
Publications that may change your practice

In this Bulletin series, the Outcomes Research Evidence-Based Medicine Committee (OREBM) shares highlights from recent key publications in  otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. We offer concise summaries of  significant findings that may alter current surgical practice.

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Clinical Practice Guideline
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (Update)

The primary purpose of the update to the 2008 Clinical Practice Guideline: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is to improve quality of care and outcomes for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) by improving the accurate and efficient diagnosis of BPPV, reducing the inappropriate use of vestibular suppressant medications, decreasing the inappropriate use of ancillary testing such [...]

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Patient Information
Frequently Asked Questions: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

There are crystals of calcium carbonate that are a normal part of our inner ear and help us with our balance and body motion. These tiny rocklike crystals or “otoconia” (oh-toe-cone-ee-uh) are settled in the center “pouch” of the inner ear. BPPV is caused by the crystals becoming “unglued” from their normal place.

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Health Policy  Update morphs into podcast

Over the last few years, the Academy sent regular Health Policy Update emails to all practicing physicians in the United States. These regular HP Updates included all the Academy’s regulatory and socioeconomic advocacy updates and provided Members with timely information and educational resources to keep them up-to-date on issues that affect their practice.

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Online Extras

My experience at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting

Thanks to the Harry Barnes Endowment Travel Grant, awarded through the Academy’s Diversity Committee, I had the opportunity to attend the 2016 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO.℠  This grant helped offset costs so that I could to travel to San Diego, CA, where I presented my research, mentored medical students as they presented our [...]

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Reaching for the stars to touch lives on earth

The answers to some of our biggest challenges here on Earth may lie in the concepts we cultivate while designing human travel to planets light-years away. That is the vision of the “100 Year Starship Project,” which Mae C. Jemison, MD, the keynote speaker at the 2016 AAO-HNS Annual Meeting and OTO EXPO℠ and principal [...]

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