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December 2017/January 2018 – Vol. 36, No. 11

Annual Report

Vision & Mission

OUR VISION Empowering otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons to deliver the best patient care. OUR MISSION We help our members achieve excellence and provide the best ear, nose, and throat care through professional and public education, research, and health policy advocacy. Message from Leadership Gregory W. Randolph, MD AAO-HNS/F President As the 2016-2017 AAO-HNS/F President, I have shared this message frequently during my term: “This [what we do] is a calling—the pride and the privilege of [...]

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The Leading Edge

Building on success

Every year, I look forward to this issue of the Bulletin for the annual report. This comprehensive review of the current state of our American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and Foundation identifies meaningful accomplishments resulting from the dedication and commitment of our membership and staff. The Academy is committed to optimizing member value and delivering consistently high-level programming at every opportunity. Every initiative is undertaken with the Academy’s mission, vision, and strategic [...]

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Looking ahead

Around the world, 2017 has been a volatile year politically and socially, particularly in the United States. The anticipated systemic change to the healthcare delivery system never materialized, and both patients and their physicians continue to live in a largely unpredictable ecosphere as they try to provide and receive the care they need. Perhaps in 2018 we can graduate from the “narrow focus” of partisan issues to a fresh, comprehensive, global evaluation of the current [...]

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At The Forefront

Board of Governors: I will not take these things for granted 2018

“Flowers in the garden Laughter in the hall Children in the park I will not take these things for granted” —Toad the Wet Sprocket Devastating hurricanes, mass shootings, rampant wildfires. Such tragedies naturally cause one to take pause and reassess priorities. It is easy to take for granted the hard work and dedication that others devote to making everyone’s lives better and safer. It is also easy to take for granted what countless individuals in [...]

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Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting

Make plans to attend the AAO-HNS/F 2018 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting, March 9-12, 2018, in Alexandria, VA. #BOGMTG18 The event kicks off with a State OTO Society Roundtable, which provides society leaders, executive directors, and society administrators an opportunity to network, share best practices, and improve collaboration among different states and regions. You are invited to a Welcome and Networking Reception where you will have direct access to engage a majority of the [...]

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In memoriam

We recognize the passing of the following members in 2017 (as of November 18). Listing indicates Academy member category, Residency Training program, and year of residency completion. Fred E. Aengst, MD Fellow, Manhattan Eye Ear Throat Hospital, 1967 Kenji Aimi, MD, PhD Fellow, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, 1959 Thomas V. Barker, MD Fellow, Stanford University, 1982 Matthew Barton, MD Resident, Washington University/B-JH/SLCH Consortium, 2017 Walter M. Belenky, MD Fellow, Wayne State [...]

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2018 health policy scholarship open

The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) offer an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. This year’s course takes place June 3-9, 2018. The monetary value of the award is $8,000 and is to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course. The [...]

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Resident Profile: Nathan C. Grohmann, MD

Nathan C. Grohmann, MD Division of Otolaryngology, University of Vermont Medical Center The journey of every otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon is unique, often grounded in inspired dedication for the life-altering effects the specialty can have on patients and their lives. Such is the case with this issue’s profiled resident, fifth-year Chief Resident Nathan C. Grohmann, MD, with the Division of Otolaryngology at the University of Vermont Medical Center. “This specialty is about being able to [...]

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Academy collaborates with Anthem to update balloon medical policy

On November 9, 2017, Anthem released an updated balloon sinus ostial dilation (BSOD) medical policy, defining BSOD as medically necessary (rather than investigational) for treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and recurrent acute rhinosinusitis (RARS) when standard criteria are met. This advancement is part of an ongoing advocacy effort with private payers, including Anthem, to foster positive working relationships between Academy leaders, staff, and national medical directors. The most recent private payer advocacy efforts restarted this [...]

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Impact of federal tax reform effort

On Capitol Hill, Members of Congress are negotiating comprehensive tax reform legislation that may significantly impact AAO-HNS members and their practices. Notwithstanding the proposal’s effect on individual tax rates and itemized deductions, the legislation may modify tax rules relating to small business income (particularly pass-through entities), as well as the deductibility of student loan interest. The U.S. House of Representatives passed its $5.5 trillion reform proposal on November 16 by a mostly partisan vote of [...]

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The future of the ENT office

The AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience premiered the Practice of the Future Pavilion, a venue designed to highlight new technologies, equipment, and services that could be found in four rooms of an otolaryngologist’s office or hospital. We focused on the waiting room, examination room, operating room, and a room dedicated to education and training. Located in the middle of the OTO Experience, this new venue garnered a lot of attention. The Waiting Room: [...]

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Joint statement on professional self-regulation and continuous certification

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology are strongly committed to the promotion of professionalism and safe, high-quality care through professional self-regulation. We feel this is best accomplished through ongoing lifelong participation in high-quality, meaningful, and relevant learning activities as well as ongoing assessment related to an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon’s current practice. We support the concept of designing learning and assessment activities that can be integrated into [...]

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Inaugural IAB General Assembly

The inaugural meeting of the International Advisory Board (IAB) General Assembly took place at the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Chicago, IL, with participation from 32 International Corresponding Societies (ICS) and representatives from 50 countries. Under the leadership of Johan J. Fagan, MD, of Cape Town, South Africa, and Sady Selaimen da Costa, MD, PhD, of Porto Alegre, Brazil—the chair and vice chair of the IAB, respectively—global otolaryngology is now formally embedded [...]

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Answering the call for science with Mark K. Wax, MD

AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience Answering the call for science After the unveiling of new aspects to the AAO-HSNF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, Mark K. Wax, MD, Annual Meeting program coordinator, shared the vision of providing cutting-edge, state-of-the-art education opportunities that fully represent the diversity that makes up the international field of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery. For the 2018 Annual Meeting, the names of program categories have changed. What used to [...]

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Promoting Diversity

Under the leadership of President Gavin Setzen, MD, the Executive Committee approved a commitment to promote diversity at the Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, by encouraging submissions that endorse inclusion of minorities and women in sessions and topics relevant to diversity, and that contribute to cultural competence for all members. “The Foundation is committed to creating a larger footprint in the diversity of our education offerings as well as those who present at the Annual [...]

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Advocacy in action: Relieving the regulatory burdens

There is a renewed effort by federal policymakers to identify “regulatory relief” for physician offices, both on Capitol Hill and by the Administration’s agencies. For example, relief efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) can be seen in changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in its second year of implementation. In addition to recent proposals submitted to the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, listed below [...]

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CMS global surgery data reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to collect data on post-operative care following procedures with 10- and 90-day global periods. From the beginning of this effort, the AAO-HNS has been one of the specialties selected by the CMS contractor, RAND Corporation (RAND), for input. As a follow-up to the July 2017 article in the Bulletin, here is an update on AAO-HNS advocacy efforts on behalf of members. October 2017: The AAO-HNS [...]

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Online Extras

2016-2017 committee highlights

Committees are the lifeblood of the AAO-HNS/F and a great way for members to contribute meaningfully to the organization and the specialty. At the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Chicago, IL, Academy and Foundation committees met and discussed achievements of the past year and those that are planned for 2018. The following are brief summaries of actions taken by the committees over the 2016-2017 committee term. To view a list of current [...]

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