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April 2017 - Vol. 36, No. 3

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The Leading Edge

Travel the globe at our Annual Meeting

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery is truly the global academy of otolaryngology, and there has never been a better, more exciting time to get involved in the panoply of the Academy’s Annual Meeting international activities.

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Participation, planning enable success

Leaders representing the wide breadth of specialty practices, settings, geographic locations, and demographics assembled at the AAO-HNS/F Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting in Alexandria, VA, last month. They included national otolaryngology society officers, state otolaryngology society representatives, AAO-HNS/F Boards of Directors and AAO-HNS Board of Governors members, American Board of Otolaryngology officers, section society leaders, and members. Discussion and planning centered on identifying evolving trends in the business/economic climate, national and specialty demographics, political [...]

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At The Forefront

First in a series honoring the 2017 International Guests of Honor: Korean American Satellite Symposium

The first Korean American Satellite Symposium (KASS) started in San Diego, CA, on October 3, 2009. The idea to start KASS was initiated in 2008 by Chul Hee-Lee, MD, who was chairman of the Board of Directors for the Korean Society of Otorhinolaryngology (KSORL), and Timothy TK Jung, MD, PhD, who was the president of the Korean American Otolaryngology Society (KAOS).

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AMA HOUSE OF DELEGATES REPORT
Issues affecting otolaryngology

The American Medical Association (AMA) held its 2016 Interim House of Delegates (HOD) Meeting November 12-15, in Orlando, FL. Your Academy was represented by myself, Michael S. Goldrich, MD, delegate; Robert Puchalski, MD, delegate and otolaryngology section council chair; and James C. Denneny III, MD, Academy EVP/CEO, and alternate delegate.

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BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Spring is here: Speak up!

Communication is a cornerstone of civilized society. Among all the medical specialties, our training uniquely qualifies us to be experts in the essential components for verbal human interaction.

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Academy releases new and updated Position Statements

Position Statements are used to designate a statement, policy, or declaration of the American Academy of Otolaryngology— Head and Neck Surgery and Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) on a particular topic or set of topics.

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Ninth annual mission provides otolaryngology services in Honduras
Expanded from the print edition

Hospital Loma de Luz is a 50-bed mission hospital with three operating rooms, an emergency department, outpatient clinics, pharmacy, and laboratory located on the north coast of Honduras, in Balfate, Colon. The hospital is staffed by Christian missionary physicians, surgeons, and support staff who improve not only the health, but the overall quality of life, of the community by providing child care, education, community outreach, employment opportunities, and counseling services.

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Annual Meeting keynote to highlight technology’s future in health and medicine

The AAO-HNSF 2017Annual Meeting & OTO Experience offers a unique opportunity for attendees to explore this year’s meeting theme, “Premiering Tomorrow Today,” as we glimpse the future of otolaryngology September 10-13, in Chicago, IL.

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Congratulations to African Head and Neck Society

Johan Fagan, MD, professor and chairman of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, has trained 10 African fellows from nine different sub-Saharan African countries over the last decade through the Karl Storz Fellowship in Advanced Head and Neck Surgery.

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Reg-ent℠ ramps up for MIPS 2017

With PQRS 2016 now in the rear-view mirror, the Reg-entSM registry is gearing up to meet the needs of its practices and clinicians for reporting under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). One hundred and twenty-one clinicians successfully reported PQRS in 2016 and, we anticipate many more to report all categories of MIPS, via Reg-ent in 2017.

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Features

Informing your vote

AAO-HNS has partnered with Election America to administer the 2017 election of candidates for leadership positions. To ensure your election-specific broadcast email arrives safely in your inbox on May 8, simply add the following email address as an approved sender: help+AAOHNS@election-america.com. Those who have not provided an individual email address to the Academy will receive a personalized letter from Election America with information on how to access the ballot.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | PRESIDENT-ELECT | VOTE FOR ONE OF TWO
Albert L. Merati, MD

As your colleague and partner, I believe what you believe—that otolaryngology-head and neck surgery is a special field; that we all have the knowledge and training to help others; and that we should live a meaningful life as part of the communities we serve.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | PRESIDENT-ELECT | VOTE FOR ONE OF TWO
Eben L. Rosenthal, MD

Diseases that confront otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons cross ethnic, geographical, religious, or political boundaries and so does our membership.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | SECRETARY/TREASURER-ELECT | VOTE FOR ONE OF TWO
Kenneth W. Altman, MD, PhD

It is my great pleasure to be considered for election as Secretary/Treasurer-Elect. This position serves the important roles of guiding a proposed budget, overseeing administration of our general funds, and serving as a critical conduit between the Executive Committee, directors, and the Finance Investment Subcommittees (FISC).

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | SECRETARY/TREASURER-ELECT | VOTE FOR ONE OF TWO
Ken Kazahaya, MD, MBA

In order to ensure the continued success of the AAO-HNS/F, it is imperative to be fiscally responsible and promote an environment of growth of the Academy’s revenue streams.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | DIRECTOR AT LARGE: ACADEMIC | VOTE FOR ONE EACH TYPE OF TWO
Brian B. Burkey MD, MEd

I am honored to be a candidate and hope to be able to serve the Academy by “providing perspectives that represent the varying interests and concerns of the membership,” as stated in the official job description.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | DIRECTOR AT LARGE: ACADEMIC | VOTE FOR ONE EACH TYPE OF TWO
Brent A. Senior, MD

A colleague once told me what he wanted carved into his tombstone: “If it hadn’t been this, it would have been something else!” I am often reminded of this when confronted with the onslaught of change occurring in medicine.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | DIRECTOR AT LARGE: PRIVATE PRACTICE | VOTE FOR ONE EACH TYPE OF TWO
Douglas D. Backous, MD

Broader member involvement will strengthen grassroots Academy initiatives and represents the most powerful protection from legislation that would undermine our mission of empowering otolaryngologists to deliver the highest quality healthcare.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | DIRECTOR AT LARGE: PRIVATE PRACTICE | VOTE FOR ONE EACH TYPE OF TWO
Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD

I deeply appreciate this nomination. If elected, I will do my best to take the Academy to the forefront of patient care, academic excellence, and political activation.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | NOMINATING COMMITTEE: ACADEMIC | VOTE FOR TWO PER PRACTICE TYPE OF FOUR
Yuri Agrawal, MD

I am honored to have been chosen to run for the Nominating Committee, a committee whose role is critical to the selection of our Academy’s leadership.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | NOMINATING COMMITTEE: ACADEMIC | VOTE FOR TWO PER PRACTICE TYPE OF FOUR
R. Peter Manes, MD

It is an honor to be nominated for the Nominating Committee, and I would like to thank the current Nominating Committee for this opportunity. In seeking our future Academy leaders, my goal is to identify people that represent, not just our current Academy, but rather the Academy we want for the future.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | NOMINATING COMMITTEE: ACADEMIC | VOTE FOR TWO PER PRACTICE TYPE OF FOUR
Troy D. Woodard, MD

An effective leader has integrity, compassion, enthusiasm, and is a team player. Integrity is the most important attribute.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | NOMINATING COMMITTEE: ACADEMIC | VOTE FOR TWO PER PRACTICE TYPE OF FOUR
Mark E. Zafereo, Jr., MD

The Academy should continue to expect leaders with commitment to service within and beyond the specialty: diverse servant leaders of varying age, gender, ethnicity, practice setting, subspecialty, and geography who embody common qualities of both servant and leader: integrity, humility, vision, grace, and strength of character.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | NOMINATING COMMITTEE: PRIVATE PRACTICE | VOTE FOR TWO PER PRACTICE TYPE OF FOUR
Michael R. Holtel, MD

Otolaryngologists must be intimately involved in healthcare decision processes for us to improve healthcare in a meaningful way. I will nominate leaders whose primary focus is the betterment of our Academy, but who understand the importance of leadership in medicine as a whole and are willing to work locally, nationally, and internationally to improve our Academy.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | NOMINATING COMMITTEE: PRIVATE PRACTICE | VOTE FOR TWO PER PRACTICE TYPE OF FOUR
Jeffery J. Kuhn, MD

Choosing the “right” individual(s) to lead our organization through the myriad obstacles that influence the practice of medicine for our membership requires thoughtful consideration by those who have the experience of navigating and negotiating in various environments in healthcare. Our future leaders need to be multidimensional, compassionate, spirited, and tough-minded.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | NOMINATING COMMITTEE: PRIVATE PRACTICE | VOTE FOR TWO PER PRACTICE TYPE OF FOUR
Angela M. Powell, MD

I will advocate for leaders with diverse backgrounds and experiences, knowledgeable in healthcare policy, facile in negotiation with insurers and managed care organizations, globally minded embracing our international colleagues and their contributions to the specialty, and forward-thinking in their approach to educating the next generation of otolaryngologists.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | NOMINATING COMMITTEE: PRIVATE PRACTICE | VOTE FOR TWO PER PRACTICE TYPE OF FOUR
Gordon J. Siegel, MD

Honesty and integrity are two essential attributes that our Academy leaders must possess and promote. Beyond that, it is extremely important to select individuals who are well aware of what is going on in today’s medical world and who are forward thinking, to enter the future on a solid, educated, and prepared footing.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | AUDIT COMMITTEE | VOTE FOR ONE OF TWO
Selena E. Heman-Ackah, MD, PhD, MBA

The landscape of healthcare has changed dramatically over the course of the past two decades, and the future of healthcare within the United States presents various uncertainties.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | AUDIT COMMITTEE | VOTE FOR ONE OF TWO
Terance Tsue, MD

It is an honor and privilege to be nominated and considered for this prestigious opportunity to serve the AAO-HNS and greater otolaryngology community through the Audit Committee. I have a passion to help “move the needle” and a life philosophy of continuous improvement.

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Academy Bylaws: Proposed amendments

The proposed recommendation by the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws Committee is to revise and add language to the Academy Bylaws clarifying the role of the Financial & Investment Subcommittee (FISC) as a Standing Committee of the Board, and to clearly define term limits on the FISC.

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A persistent pursuit for patient hearing health

Intrinsic to the privilege of caring for people is our obligation for patient advocacy so as to provide the best care for the individual as well as ultimately for all patients. The unmet needs for hearing aids has been and continues to be a major area of focused patient advocacy.

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Balancing access and safety of hearing aids

Diseases of the ear, including hearing loss, have long been a focus for otolaryngologists. Diagnosing, treating, and preventing the various causes of hearing loss has been and remains to be a significant part of the general otolaryngologist’s practice as well as spawning specialty- related practices in neurotology and otology.

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Academy’s enduring advocacy for patient hearing

Times and technology have changed, but the Academy has remained committed to patients, receiving proper medical examinations for hearing loss, as evidenced by the following statements made 44 years apart.

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