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July 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 6

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The Leading Edge

Learning leadership

Leadership is one of those popular buzzwords these days. When most of us applied to medical school and residency, we were thinking about the medical and surgical work at hand and not really about becoming leaders.

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The growing season

Research and quality-related activities are a high priority and will be even more critical for our Members and their patients in the upcoming years. A significant portion of our budget is dedicated to basic and clinical research as well as quality-related projects.

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At The Forefront

BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Be a BOG All-Star Advocate

Ah, summer! There is everything to love about summer: warm weather, long days, vacations, and baseball. This month, top-notch major league baseball players will convene for the mid-season All-Star game in beautiful San Diego, CA. So what does it mean to be an “all-star?” Simply, it means to be the best.

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Academy imaging advocacy update

In May 2016, Academy leaders held a call with leaders from the Society of University Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons (SUO), Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AADO), and Otolaryngology Program Directors Organization (OPDO) to discuss residency imaging education in response to payer concerns that non-radiology specialists, including otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons, are performing imaging services without the proper training.

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Addressing private payer denials

The Health Policy Team collaborates with the Academy’s Physician Payment Policy Workgroup (3P) to address and monitor national practice management issues and private payer denials. Nevertheless, there are challenges at the state/local level that require a more focused approach.

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WOMEN IN OTOLARYNGOLOGY SECTION
Ten complete inaugural Leadership Course

On a February 2016 evening video conference call, a group of 10 diverse female otolaryngologists completed the first Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) Section Leadership Course. Selected from a highly competitive application process, the group began the inaugural course created by Mona M. Abaza, MD, MS, and Carol R. Bradford, MD. Initiated with a generous grant from Medtronic, the course was modeled after the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) female faculty development courses and the [...]

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Mission to Ecuador repairs facial burns, cleft lips, and palates

I doubt my reasons for participating in a humanitarian mission were unique: satisfaction in helping others, love of travel, the interesting pathology, learning new viewpoints and techniques. Nonetheless I traveled to Bahia de Caraquez in coastal Ecuador for a week to perform cleft lip and palate repairs. Once you arrive, it doesn’t matter why you came but rather that you’re there, ready to work.

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Thanks to State Trackers

With most state legislatures adjourned for the year, the AAO-HNS sincerely thanks its State Trackers who helped make 2016 another successful year. Despite their full workloads and family obligations, these physician-leaders took action and volunteered their time to closely monitor and report on legislative activity in their statehouses.

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AAO-HNSF Historical Library opens

The unveiling of the new AAO-HNSF Historical Library occurred on Saturday, March 19, 2016, during the Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting.

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Information for patients

In 2012 the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation launched Choosing Wisely® with a goal of advancing a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments, and procedures.

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H. BRYAN NEEL III, MD, PHD DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH LECTURE

NIDCR: Advancing Health Through Research and Innovation

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AAO-HNSF/INTERNATIONAL HEARING FOUNDATION/ MICHAEL M. PAPARELLA, MD ENDOWED LECTURE FOR DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS IN CLINICAL OTOLOGY

Human Otopathology: Renaissance or Return to the Dark Ages Michael J. McKenna, MD

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LEGENDS IN OTOLARYNGOLOGY LECTURE

The Medical Aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

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EUGENE N. MYERS, MD INTERNATIONAL LECTURE ON HEAD AND NECK CANCER

The Changing Role of the Surgeon: Leading the Transformation of Healthcare Jonathan Irish, MD, MSC, FRCSC

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JOHN CONLEY, MD LECTURE ON MEDICAL ETHICS

Applying Dr. Conley’s Ethical Standards to The Practice of Contemporary Otolaryngology G. Richard Holt, MD, MPH, and panelists Susan D. McCammon, MD; Kevin Christopher McMains, MD; and Howard W. Francis, MD

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Features

RESEARCH AND QUALITY
Growing to meet your needs

The changes to physician reimbursement with the dissolution of the SGR and institution of the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), not only have impacted our health policy work at the Academy but have had a profound effect on the focus and strategic work plan of the entire Research, Quality, and Health Policy strategy.

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Guiding the specialty

The Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) grants program plays a critical role in advancing the field of otolaryngology by providing support to research projects, research training, and career development.

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Guidelines and consensus statements: A foundation for Quality

The AAO-HNSF Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) and Clinical Consensus Statement (CCS) program continues to thrive. We’ve completed several five-year CPG updates, created several new products, released the eagerly anticipated CCS manual, and welcomed a few new methodologists.

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Defining quality for the specialty

As announced previously, the AAO-HNSF’s otolaryngology-specific clinical data registry, RegentSM, has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Regent is a Member-only benefit and is the first and only such registry in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.

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