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April 2018 – Vol. 37, No. 3

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The Leading Edge

Leadership, mentorship, and resilience

We are entering another election cycle at AAO-HNS, and it is gratifying and reassuring to reflect on the well-qualified slate of candidates for leadership positions in our Academy. The Nominating Committee, chaired by Immediate Past President Gregory W. Randolph, MD, concluded their work admirably. Rest assured, we have a talented pool of committed members here, dedicated to our mission, ready to serve and inspire confidence in moving our Academy forward!

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“We are one”

This year, the Academy has selected “We Are One” as our Annual Meeting & OTO Experience theme and new organizational brand. This is who we are and what we represent across all areas of our membership. The resultant message is compelling at many levels and essential to the maintenance and advancement of otolaryngology’s ability to command a leadership role in patient care through the volatile times we face as the healthcare system evolves.

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At The Forefront

Board of Governors: “I wish somebody would have told me … someday, these will be the good old days”

I might be the first Board of Governors (BOG) Executive Committee member to quote a rap artist in a Bulletin post, but these lyrics from the Macklemore/Kesha song capture my thoughts perfectly. The song is a nostalgic recollection of the artists’ memories and a wish that someone could have reminded them to enjoy “the magic of the good old days” as it was happening.

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ABOto announces new executive director

The Board of Directors of the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto) is pleased to announce that Brian Nussenbaum, MD, has assumed the role of Executive Director effective January 1, 2018.

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Practice profile: Raise your hand

Kathleen L. Yaremchuk, MD, MSA, is the Chair of the Henry Ford Hospital’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, a personal accomplishment for her. She talked with Bulletin staff regarding gender disparity in opportunities for leadership roles across the country and academic settings.

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Member resource: AAO-HNS releases two new Position Statements

Position Statements are used to designate a statement, policy, or declaration of the AAO-HNS/F on a particular topic or set of topics. Two new Position Statements recently were approved for use in state and federal advocacy efforts, or to clarify the AAO-HNS/F approval or disapproval of certain practices in medicine.

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Academy Advantage Premium Partner: The Doctors Company

Doctors examine injury risks with malpractice closed claims Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, former seniorvice president of patient safety and risk management,The Doctors Company Taking a close look at research into real-life malpractice claims and incorporating some of the findings into their practices is one way physicians are reducing risks of adverse events.

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Humanitarian service: Sustainable hearing screening pilot in Kenya

Asitha Jayawardena, MD, MPH, and Charissa N. Kahue, MD, traveled to Malindi, Kenya, in October 2017 with the support of the Academy Humanitarian Travel Grant with Jim Netterville, MD, and his More than Medicine annual head and neck mission trip based out of the Tawfiq Muslim Hospital. Dr. Jayawardena and Dr. Kahue are currently PGY3s at Vanderbilt University Department of Otolaryngology.

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Call for action: Setting the pace for humanitarian efforts

It was the first time they met, but the room was filled with mutual admiration and respect as Eugene N. Myers, MD, and Vlora Çitaku, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo, sat down together to discuss Dr. Myers’ efforts to supply medical equipment to the ENT Head and Neck Clinic at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo in Pristina, the capital city.

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Community service activity at the AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience—Making global impacts a reality

With an emphasis on improving the quality of life of people, communities, and healthcare facilities and hospitals in low-resource areas around the globe, the AAO-HNSF is proud to be partnering with MedShare, a 501c(3) humanitarian aid organization. MedShare’s deliveries of vital medical supplies and equipment bring health, healing, and the promise of better lives to 100 countries and countless patients.

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Advocacy win: Anthem rescinds Modifier 25 policy

In the fall of 2017, Anthem announced its plan to reimburse Evaluation and Management (E/M) services at a 50 percent rate when a significant, separately identifiable E/M service (appended with the 25 modifier) and surgery/diagnostic procedural service were performed on the same day.

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Features

We are one: Otolaryngology united for ENT patient care

As the Academy and Foundation move forward as contemporary organizations under the guidance of our updated Strategic Plan and vision for the future, it is only fitting that we update our theme and professional logo.

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The AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is coming!

Mark your calendars now for the preeminent global meeting devoted to sharing new advances in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, October 7-10, 2018, in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Registration opens next month in May.

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Annual Meeting International Guests of Honor Series: Ear, Nose and Throat Society of South Africa

As President of the AAO-HNS/F, it is my great honor and privilege to welcome the delegation from the Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Society of South Africa to the AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Atlanta, GA, in October.

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Candidate Statements

This month’s Bulletin highlights the exceptional work of the Nominating Committee, chaired by Gregory W. Randolph, MD, in selecting the group of outstanding candidates for office that you will see in the subsequent pages. The Boards of Directors have just approved a new Strategic Plan that will guide us over the next three to five years, as well as the new theme and logo seen on our cover this month.

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Cochlear implantation: Who is a candidate in 2018?

The World Health Organization identified hearing loss as one of the most common causes of disability and the third leading cause of years lived with disability, affecting nearly 30 million Americans. Current estimates predict around one percent of children and 63 percent of individuals over the age of 70 are impacted by hearing loss (Barnett, 2016).

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Legislative highlights from the AAO-HNS/F 2018 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting

This year’s agenda for the Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting (March 9-12) featured many advocacy-related speakers and topics. A highlight of the weekend included a “Point/Counter-Point” session with congressional staff from the offices of U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA). Via a “friendly” Q&A format, perspectives from both political parties were presented on key issues being considered by lawmakers.

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IN MEMORIAM: Bobby R. Alford, MD

Lawrence M. Simon, MD Few physicians have had a larger impact on our specialty than Bobby R. Alford, MD, who recently passed after a legendary 56-year career. For me, he will always be “my Chairman,” and it is with honor that I attempt to capture what he meant to countless otolaryngologists.

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