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August 2017 - Vol. 36, No. 7

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The Leading Edge

The recurrent laryngeal nerve and the Academy

As otolaryngologists, it is our daily surgical challenge to offer complex head and neck surgery dovetailed with cranial nerve preservation. Submandibular gland resection and ramus preservation. Skull base neuro-otological surgery with seventh and eighth nerve preservation. Neck dissection and spinal accessory nerve preservation.

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At The Forefront

Putting the pieces together

The seemingly ever-expanding cost of the American healthcare system, predicted to surpass 20 percent of the GDP by 2025, has caused increased scrutiny of many well-established institutions related to the medical profession and the healthcare industry in general.

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You don’t have to bowl alone

My first national Academy meeting was in 1984 in Las Vegas, NV. It was exciting for a variety of reasons: hearing lectures by my surgical heroes, meeting with former mentors, seeing residency friends, and congregating with otolaryngologists from across the country.

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General Assemblies in Chicago, IL

Be more engaged in your Academy! Mark your calendars to attend the following General Assemblies at the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience:

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MIPS Update

On June 20, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 proposed rule for the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP). The QPP has two tracks for participation: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM).

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CPT Assistant on new flexible laryngoscopy codes released

For the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) 2017 code set, six new codes were added for reporting open treatment of laryngeal stenosis, open vocal cord medialization, and open cricotracheal resection (CPT 31551-31554, 31591, 31592).

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Reg-ent℠ at AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience

It’s almost time for the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Chicago, IL. Whether you are a current Reg-ent participant, interested in becoming one, or just want to learn more about the registry and its future, we invite you to attend the Reg-ent Miniseminar and stop by the Reg-ent booth.

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Reg-ent℠ and MIPS 2017 reporting

Although not all Academy members and Reg-ent participants need a MIPS reporting solution, for those that do, Reg-ent provides a comprehensive solution. Reg-ent has the capability to report the three required categories of MIPS 2017: Quality Measures, ACI, and IA.

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2016 AAO-HNS election results

The AAO-HNS extends its greatest appreciation to the candidates of the 2017 election for their dedication and willingness to serve. The Nominating Committee presented the membership with an outstanding slate of candidates. The AAO-HNS thanks the committee for its meaningful deliberations.

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2017 BOG Awards Announced
Expanded from the print edition

Each year, the AAO-HNS Board of Governors (BOG) highlights outstanding individualized efforts of its State Societies and members. Below are the results of the 2017 BOG Awards. Congratulations to the winners!

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Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Committees of Excellence!

BOG Governance & Society Engagement Committee Spencer C. Payne, MD, Chair

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2017 WIO awards announced

Helen F. Krause, MD, Memorial Trailblazer Award Amber U. Luong, MD, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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Features

CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | BOG CANDIDATE: CHAIR-ELECT
Spencer C. Payne, MD

What strategies do you recommend to provide value to and engage the non-academic otolaryngologist in the BOG and the Academy in general? As market forces have seemingly driven practitioner subspecialization, and changes in healthcare delivery have expanded the selections for practice models, ensuring that a focus remains on supporting the non-academic otolaryngologist must remain a core value for the Academy.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | BOG CANDIDATE: CHAIR-ELECT
Ken Yanagisawa, MD

What strategies do you recommend to provide value to and engage the non-academic otolaryngologist in the BOG and the Academy in general? With governmental, insurance, and societal pressures in full force exerting extraordinary demands on our time, tolerance, and skill set acquisitions, physician ability to focus on providing excellent patient care has been unduly challenged. The BOG offers the shining light to help guide us through these turbulent times.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | BOG CANDIDATE: SECRETARY
Samantha Anne, MD

How would you work to make the BOG more successful in its core missions? The core missions of the Board of Governors (BOG) are to serve as an advisory body to the Boards of Directors (BOD) and to serve as a liaison between state societies and membership. In addition, BOG’s role is to engage our society membership on matters pertaining to our practice, such as economic or political concerns.

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CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | BOG CANDIDATE: SECRETARY
Troy D. Woodard, MD

How would you work to make  the BOG more successful in its core mission? The BOG has a vital role within our AAO-HNS, and its success is dependent on the engagement of its members. The BOG is the liaison between the Board of Directors and the members of the AAO-HNS. It also provides an avenue to recommend programs and policies for the AAO-HNS. Unfortunately, many of our Academy’s members are unaware of the BOG’s purpose [...]

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TED FELLOW
Eradicating disparities in global hearing health

Susan D. Emmett, MD, MPH, a member of the 2017 class of TED (the 1984 Technology, Entertainment, and Design conference that became the 18 minute, great idea, “TED Talks”) Fellows, is one of 21 innovators from five continents selected to take the stage in August at TEDGlobal in Tanzania.

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OREBM COMMITTEE
Early frenotomy may not solve breastfeeding challenges

In this Bulletin segment, our committee shares highlights from recent key research in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. We offer concise summaries of significant findings that may alter current surgical practice.

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Pre-Columbian otolaryngology in Mexico

“As president of the AAO-HNS/F, it is my great honor to welcome the Mexican delegation from the Mexican Federation of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (FESORMEX) and the Mexican Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (SMORLCCC) to our Annual Meeting in Chicago. We look forward to our societies working together for the care of patients worldwide through collaboration and friendship now in Chicago, and into the future.”   — Gregory W. Randolph, MD [...]

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See the Future: The OTO Experience

Whether you have already made plans to come to Chicago for the show this year or you are about to make those plans, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to explore the OTO Experience. This is where our valued exhibitors showcase the tools and services that help you shape our specialty and further improve the care that you provide.

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OTO Experience Exhibitors

See an up-to-date list of the more than 250 exhibiting companies at the AAO Annual Meeting & OTO Experience at entannualmeeting.org/17/oto_experience/oto_experience.

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Service and leadership awards presented at Annual Meeting

2017 Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine The Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award recognizes members committed to practicing otolaryngology with compassionate, patient-centered care.

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Boost the value of your Annual Meeting participation

Knowing how to make use of your social media presence at the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, a.k.a. #OTOMTG17, can boost the value of your experience both during the meeting and well beyond the last Miniseminar or Instruction Course.

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TIME CORRECTION

John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics Tuesday, September 12 2:15 pm-3: 15 pm Getting from Burnout to Wellness Michael M. Johns III, MD

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Online Extras

Business of Medicine for Residents and Fellows

Sunday, September 10 3:30 pm–5:30 pm Room N140

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Mayflower Medical Outreach and Nicaragua

Nearly 20 years ago, a group of Oklahomans led by James E. Saunders, MD, established Mayflower Medical Outreach (MMO), a nonprofit organization with the aim of improving otologic care for the citizens of Nicaragua. The group’s mission was to develop a sustainable framework that would provide the necessary infrastructure to improve hearing health on a national level.

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Trauma symposium addresses airway and facial burn trauma

Location: Sheraton Grand Hotel Ballroom V Date: 5:00 pm Saturday, September 9 Duration: Four hours

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2017 socioeconomic survey

This year, the AAO-HNS collaborated with the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators (AOA) to condense the length of the 2017 Socioeconomic Survey and worked in conjunction with the AOA to gather the most comprehensive specialty data we’ve ever collected.

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