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June 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 05

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The Leading Edge

A new year, academically speaking

June marks the end of another academic year and the completion of various aspects of training—medical school, residency, and fellowship. About 20.4 percent of Academy Members are in full-time academic practice, and another, more fluid group of practitioners are either in part-time or voluntary academic otolaryngology.

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New payment models

This month’s Bulletin highlights many facets of the activities of our Health Policy team and the rapidly escalating demands that they face in the shifting healthcare environment.

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At The Forefront

REGENTSM UPDATE
Quality reporting for 2016

Quality reporting for 2016 Now is the time to prepare for Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) reporting for calendar year 2016. There are many changes to requirements this year and the fines associated with failing to report are significant. Highlighted below are important considerations and information on reporting via RegentSM, a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR.) For practitioners who still maintain paper charts, or who want to take advantage of the simplicity of reporting measures [...]

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BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Finding joy in what we do

This month, the Bulletin addresses health policy and the budget—two subjects that always bring a smile to physicians’ faces.

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Proposed fiscal year 2017 combined budget

The Executive Committees (ECs) were presented with the Finance and Investment Subcommittee (FISC) proposed budget for the next fiscal year, July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 (FY17), and endorsed it for approval by the BODs. During their April meeting, the BODs reviewed and conditionally approved the FY17 budget that is presented here for our membership.

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How to write a business plan

Many years ago, one of the authors came across the book, Handbook of Law Firm Mismanagement, a tongue-firmly-in-cheek exposé on the business of a learned profession.

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ACADEMY ADVANTAGE PARTNER: ENTCAREERS
Think like a hiring manager
Expanded from the print edition

It happens to everyone—even the best medical professionals in the industry—at least once. An internet search leads you to a clinic, hospital, or health system job posting that seems like a perfect fit. You dust off your résumé and cover letter, submit them according to the instructions … but nothing happens.

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Board of Governors candidates for office 2016

Eligible BOG governors or alternate representatives will cast their votes during the BOG General Assembly meeting, Monday, September 19, in San Diego, CA.

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LEADERSHIP FORUM & BOG SPRING MEETING
My mini-MBA

As vice-chair to the Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training (SRF), I was very lucky to be able to attend the 2016 AAO-HNS/F Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting in Alexandria, VA, and benefit from the wonderful mentorship and wisdom being passed along to all the residents and fellows in attendance.

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2016 PRESIDENTIAL CITATIONS
Hosakere K. Chandrasekhar, MD

Hosakere K. Chandrasekhar, MD, is a clinician-academic, thoroughly dedicated to patient care and resident education, who has overcome the barriers of being foreign-trained and brown-skinned with his encyclopedic knowledge of otolaryngology, his generosity with that knowledge, and his respectful care of patients.

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2016 PRESIDENTIAL CITATIONS
Karen Jo Doyle Enright, MD, PhD

Karen Jo Doyle Enright, MD, PhD, embodies the complete person that we all aspire to be. Karen Jo is not only a leader in otolaryngology, but has actively encouraged others up into their leadership positions. This citation is given to Karen Jo Doyle Enright, MD, PhD, in recognition of her selfless work to advance our specialty and her generous and enduring friendship.

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2016 PRESIDENTIAL CITATIONS
Lauren S. Zaretsky, MD

A busy private practice otolaryngologist, physician practice manager, wife and mother of three, and strong leader in the AAO-HNS, Lauren S. Zaretsky, MD, makes “having it all” look effortless.

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2016 PRESIDENTIAL CITATIONS
John W. House, MD, on behalf of the Associates of the House Ear Institute and House Clinic

The House Ear Institute and House Clinic (HEI/HEC) are synonymous with the best in otology and neurotology clinical excellence, research, and education. The motto, “so that all may hear” translates to a generosity of spirit in sharing not just knowledge but reasoning, in order to spread outstanding ear care around the world.

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OPENING CEREMONY KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Mae Jemison, MD, will launch Annual Meeting

Mae C. Jemison, MD, will inspire attendees at the Opening Ceremony of the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM with stories of her adventures in space and achievements in medicine and science.

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Features

PRACTICE PROFILE
Polaris Medical Group-ENT

Polaris Medical Group-ENT, LLC, in Atlanta, GA, is owned by Academy Member Lisa C. Perry-Gilkes, MD. As a solo private practitioner, Dr. Perry-Gilkes (above, third from left) employs four full-time staff members and one part-time.

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Crossing the payment bridge

On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the long-awaited replacement for the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) as the payment system for physicians participating in Medicare: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) programs.

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Meaningful Use hardship exception application due July 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the application deadline in February 2016 for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program hardship exception process. The deadline for Eligible Professionals, Eligible Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals is Friday, July 1, 2016, by 11:59 pm ET.

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Academy develops ICD-10 FAQs

ICD-10 has been in effect as of October 1, 2015. The Academy is dedicated to helping our Members through the ongoing transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Based on Member inquiries the Health Policy Team received, the following two ICD-10 FAQs were developed in conjunction with the AAPC.

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Academy updates CPT for ENT articles

As part of a process to continue to provide the most up-to-date resources for our membership, Academy CPT experts have begun to reevaluate and update the Academy’s list of CPT for ENT articles.

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Payment reform updates on website

As the payment landscape continues to shift, the Academy has created a new section on the website that is devoted to keeping Members informed on the latest updates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Bridging the gap

On April 27, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposal for the long-awaited replacement for the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) as the payment system for physicians participating in Medicare: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) programs.

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CMS provides ICD-10 resources

As mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the ninth revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and related health problems (ICD-9) was updated to the 10th revision (ICD-10).

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Responsible surgery

The American College of Surgeons has released a Statement on Principles on the responsibility of the primary surgeon during surgery. Recent news reports had raised questions about the primary surgeon initiating a second surgery before the first surgery was fully completed. These reports led to a larger discussion of the reasons why surgeons may leave an operating room during the course of a surgery and the appropriate actions that need to be taken to inform [...]

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FOR PATIENTS
What Is Laryngopharyngeal Reflux?

During gastroesophageal reflux (GER), the contents of the stomach and upper digestive tract may flow back (reflux) all the way up the esophagus, beyond the upper esophageal sphincter (a ring of muscle at the top of the esophagus), and into the back of the throat and possibly the back of the nasal airway. This is known as laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), which can affect anyone.

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