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November 2018 – Vol. 37, No. 10

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The Leading Edge

Keynote listener

A few months ago, as I was preparing to speak at the Summer Sinus Symposium of the American Rhinological Society, I ran some ideas by my wife, Jenny, a trained career coach. After hearing some of the key messages I intended to focus on, JPM (as I call her) suggested I refer to my role as “keynote listener” instead of the usual “keynote speaker.” I loved this clever idea and intend to use this forum [...]

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How do we get there?

I recently had the opportunity to attend and speak at the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators (AOA) meeting in New Orleans, LA. The program was well-conceived and covered the breadth of skills and knowledge necessary to successfully navigate the ever-increasing complexity of what is our current healthcare system. The AOA’s contribution to our specialty and members, along with their patients, allows the optimal practice of otolaryngology.

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At The Forefront

Physician-owned private practice in ENT—Not dead yet!

There was a recent and very interesting discussion on the ENTConnect forum titled “The Devaluation of General ENT/HNS Private Practice” that evolved into an eloquent discourse on the current state of the practice of otolaryngology in our country. The original poster expressed frustration in his inability to attract a new associate to his small ENT practice. He was concerned that most residents are pursuing fellowships and avoiding entering the workforce, or are being heavily recruited [...]

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What are we doing for you?

One of the most influential factors determining care that patients receive are the medical policies adopted by the various commercial and government-sponsored health insurance plans. These policies are typically determined by clinical advisory committees employed by the individual payer. These committees review current literature, clinical practice guidelines, clinical consensus statements, and existing specialty position statements and policy recommendations in crafting their specific policies. Currently, there is no consensus among the various payers on many policies [...]

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AAO-HNS foundation – Giving back to the specialty and beyond

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on November 27. This will also kick off the AAO-HNS foundation’s 2018 end-of year Annual Fund campaign.

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Advocacy in Action: AAO-HNS comments on CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule

On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2019 proposed rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). While previous years’ regulations for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) were released independently, the 2019 MPFS proposed rule also included proposals related to the QPP. CMS proposed an updated CY 2019 conversion factor of $36.0463, which reflects the 0.25 percent update specified by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act [...]

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ENT for the PA-C Ninth Annual CME Conference

April 3-7, 2019 Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort, Bonnett Creek – Orlando, FL Provided by the Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery (SPAO-HNS) and the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF), the ENT for the PA-C Conference offers unparalleled CME opportunities for PAs, physicians, and other medical professionals specializing in or interested in otolaryngology. New this year, the conference will offer a special physician education track featuring sessions on topics [...]

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2019-2020 AAO-HNS/F Committee Application Cycle Opens November 1

Apply to become a committee member and let your voice be heard! The 2019-2020 application cycle will open on November 1, and close on January 1, 2019. All committee applicants should be in good standing with the Academy and must be a voting fellow, member, resident member, scientific fellow, international fellow, or international member of the Academy to be eligible to serve as a committee member.

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New data-sharing solutions for Reg-ent practices

The Reg-ent team is excited to share the following updates regarding cloud-hosted EHRs. Continued advocacy with EHR vendors by FIGmd and the Reg-ent team is continuing to produce results. Significant strides have been made with Epic, eClinicalWorks, and Allscripts, and work with other EHR vendors such as Greenway continues.

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Accepting submissions for Eisenberg Health Policy Resident Leadership Grant

The Call for Applications is open now through January 31, 2019.  We will award three $550 resident leadership grants to attend the AAO-HNS/F Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting April 26-28, in Alexandria, VA. This is an opportunity to network with some of our leaders in otolaryngology and to learn about hot button issues impacting healthcare. For specific details on application guidelines and grant recipient expectations, please visit www.entnet.org/EisenbergGrant.

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Recap of Reg-entSM at #OTOMTG18

The AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Atlanta, Georgia, was a great success for the Reg-ent team. We thank everyone who attended our panel presentation, “Reg-ent: Quality and Outcomes, Your Ticket for Success in New Payment Models,” where James C. Denneny III, MD,  AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO, and Sandeep Agate, CEO, FIGmd Center of Excellence, spoke about the next phases of growth of the Reg-ent registry—and why our members can’t afford not to participate. Reg-ent [...]

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Advocacy highlights from the AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience

Another successful Annual Meeting & OTO Experience has come and gone. If you were unable to join us in Atlanta, Georgia, below is a brief overview of the advocacy events and opportunities that took place. Advocacy Booth — Annual Meeting attendees had the opportunity to join the ENT Advocacy Network for timely “insider” updates and a free subscription to the monthly e-newsletter The ENT Advocate. Learn more about the Academy’s legislative priorities, regulatory and private-payer [...]

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Features

Help your patients Be ENT Smart

ENThealth.org, the new dynamic patient health website from the AAO-HNSF, provides a much-sought-after roadmap for consumers navigating ENT health-related symptoms and conditions for themselves and their loved ones. The site positions the AAO-HNS/F as THE trusted source for patient-centered otolaryngology-head and neck surgery information. As physicians encounter more patients who have turned to the internet for medical information, it is clear there is a satiable appetite for reliable, consumer-focused content that is easily available online. [...]

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A special thank you to those who serve on the ENThealth.org Executive Committee and the individual CHDGs

The work and commitment of these individuals to the vision of ENThealth.org has been essential to the project. As with any site, the work continues as more resources and content is created for patients seeking information on ENT-related health conditions. The Executive Committee includes: (to date) Samantha Anne, MD Philip G. Chen, MD James C. Denneny III, MD Kristine McGriff, COPM Brian J. McKinnon, MD, MBA Spencer C. Payne, MD Gregory W. Randolph, MD Duane [...]

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Creating a culture of interest for future generations

James G. Naples, MD Editor’s Note: The BOD has approved a program that will  generate both interest in and understanding of otolaryngologists and what we do. We are targeting students curious about medicine and otolaryngology beginning in high school and extending into medical school. Our program will involve both community-based and academic type practices.  This invited article shows one young physician’s successful involvement in localized programs to bring his personal enthusiasm for the specialty to [...]

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Quality corner

CW David Chang, MD PSQI Committee Co-Chair Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (PSQI) underpins everything we do as physicians as we care for our patients. The PSQI Committee has been working for our members to focus on safe and effective practices within otolaryngology. The “Quality Corner” is a bimonthly feature in the Bulletin to highlight PSQI issues. To date, committee members have authored columns on the following: Patient Safety Event Tool; Cognitive and Implicit Bias; [...]

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Annual Meeting Snapshots

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