Features

March 2017 - Vol. 36, No. 02

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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