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February 2018 – Vol. 37, No. 1

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The Leading Edge

2018: Our focus now

As systemic changes progress, we are putting the finishing touches on the strategic plan and principles that will guide us through the upcoming uncertainty. As we do, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the 50-plus participants who provided valuable input to the process. They represent the diverse makeup of the current healthcare [...]

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Strategic planning to maximize value 4U

I am pleased to report that in December 2017, the Academy concluded a successful, invigorating, and effective strategic planning process. The session enabled the organization to make necessary adjustments to ensure that AAO-HNS/F remains a leader in providing you, our members, everything necessary to facilitate your ability to care for patients with ear, nose, throat, [...]

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At The Forefront

MIPS for ENTs: What’s new in the quality payment program year 2?

Download the QPP FactSheet (PDF)

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Top 100 ENT services for 2018

The AAO-HNS has prepared resources outlining the 100 most frequently reported Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes by providers with subspecialty designation “4-Otolaryngology” within the Medicare enrollment database. In an effort to provide the most up-to-date resources for Academy members, two updated charts are now available—2018 Top 100 ENT Codes Billed in a Physician Office and [...]

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Leaders of the PAC

The ENT PAC Board of Advisors thanks our Leadership Club Investors for their generous support to ensure the specialty has a powerful voice on Capitol Hill. With your support, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery is ensured a seat at the table on issues impacting our profession, our practices, and our patients. View the full 2017 list [...]

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2018 ENT for the PA-C conference

The 2018 ENT for the PA-C conference will take place April 25-29, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, AZ. The conference is provided by the AAO-HNSF and the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. The workshops maximize hands-on learning with concise content and [...]

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2018 Jerome C. Goldstein, MD Public Service Award: Call for nominees

The Jerome C. Goldstein, MD Public Service Award is given annually to recognize an outstanding member for commitment and achievement in service within the United States, either to the public or to other organizations, when such service promises to improve patient welfare. Any Academy member in good standing is eligible to be nominated—or to nominate [...]

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What did the doctor say?

Many medical agencies and journals have published in recent years on the topic of health literacy and culturally appropriate patient/doctor communications. No one has put the concern more plainly than The Joint Commission did in 2007 in its publication titled, “What did the doctor say? Improving Health Literacy to Protect Patient Safety”.

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Call for IAB Chair nominees

A2019-2021 Chair and Vice Chair of the International Advisory Board (IAB) will be elected at the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Atlanta, GA. The IAB Chair is the head of the IAB, presiding over meetings of the IAB General Assembly and serving as a [...]

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International Advisory Board: Strengthening the global otolaryngology community

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) has an important responsibility to reach out internationally to improve the quality of otolaryngology practice,  including in less-privileged countries. There are many outstanding examples of such  outreach activities

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2018 Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Public Service and Humanitarian Awards: Call for nominees

The AAO-HNS Foundation supports otolaryngologists around the world who demonstrate a unique commitment to the specialty as part of our continued effort to foster a global otolaryngology community. The AAO-HNSF Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Public Service and Humanitarian Awards recognize the achievements of non-U.S. otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons.

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Surgical mission in Cusco, Peru’s good outcome

From July 28 to August 6, 2017, I traveled to Cusco, Peru, to participate in a week-long surgical mission at the EsSalud Hospital sponsored by Medical Missions for Children (MMFC). More than 200 children were screened, including children in need of dental care. From these screenings, 60 children were selected for surgical procedures. These included [...]

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The State OTO Society Roundtable

The AAO-HNS Board of Governors (BOG) hosts the second annual state otolaryngology societies meeting held in conjunction with the AAO-HNS/F 2018 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting, March 9-12. The Roundtable is held for state society presidents, executive directors, society administrators, and other state society leaders. The Roundtable will convene on Friday, March 9, from [...]

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Board of Governors – All for one and one for all

The debate over state versus federal rights, which consumed a great deal of Alexander Hamilton’s writings, continues some 230 years later, and we see it touch the many aspects of healthcare delivery as well. Issues regarding medical licensure, scope of practice, malpractice tort law, and the quagmire of third-party payer systems are complicated by their [...]

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Features

Kids ENT Health Month: Awareness of the dangers of button battery ingestion in children

Over the last few decades, there has been a notable increase in electronics, toys, watches, greeting cards, and other devices powered by button batteries. These seemingly innocuous objects can be found in nearly all households. During the same time period, there has been a dramatic rise in the prevalence of button battery injuries, the overwhelming [...]

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New Clinical Consensus Statement on Balloon Dilation of the Sinuses

The AAO-HNSF’s Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery journal recently published the Clinical Consensus Statement (CCS) on Balloon Dilation of the Sinuses (BDS) that was previewed at our Annual Meeting in Chicago last year. I would like to thank and congratulate the participants on the panel that produced the statements of agreement related to this evolving tool [...]

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Reg-entSM value beyond MIPS: Why participate?

The Reg-ent registry allows otolaryngologists in the practice setting to benchmark their patient outcomes, professional performance, and care processes against other otolaryngologists across the country. Reg-ent is able to capture the continuum of care from the patient’s initial visit, through intervention and follow up, collecting data that has endless possibilities. Research: Reg-ent is the first [...]

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Understanding 2018 CPT changes to FESS and BSD codes

The 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) contains significant changes to the Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) and Ostial Sinus Dilation (BSD) family of codes. In January 2015, the FESS and BSD code families were captured in a CMS screen of services that are typically reported together more than 75 percent of the time. As a [...]

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