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June 2017 – Vol. 36, No. 5

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The Leading Edge

Medice, cura te ipsum

The good physician, the optimally functioning physician, must be well. We are strong people, not superwomen and men, and we need to be kind to ourselves. We must learn this ourselves. We must teach each other, train our residents, and lead our coworkers. We must articulate this to our patients. Medice, cura te ipsum1. Physician, heal thyself.

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Trusted sources

At a time when tweets, chats, and internet stories about everything under the sun are circulating like mosquitoes during summer in the South, the Academy receives requests to immediately sign on or comment on issues relevant to our specialty as well as general societal concerns. It begs the questions: What should we be involved in, and where can people go for reliable information?

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At The Forefront

Accepting, understanding, and celebrating diversity

The word “diversity” can describe many groups. We observe and celebrate the diversity in the patients we treat, the staff we employ, and our professional colleagues. Our Academy is also committed to the diversity of our members.

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BOARD OF GOVERNORS
The problem is trust

Several commentaries have been written recently that incriminate our diagnostic and procedural coding systems. These pieces argue that the complexity of the codes allows them to be manipulated to inflate and/or hide expenditures, and then to blame the codes outright for the high cost of and lack of transparency in the United States healthcare system. However, this accusation is unfounded.

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AcademyU® HOW-TOs

AcademyU®, the Foundation’s professional development program, is designed to improve healthcare provider competence and practice through lifelong learning. Here are a few FAQs to help you navigate AcademyU.org.

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Proposed fiscal year 2018 combined budget

Budgeting for FY18 represents the collaborative work of both the staff leadership and the members of the FISC to develop a balanced combined AAO-HNS/F budget. The debt covenants of AAO-HNS/F require a balanced budget whereby total revenue is sufficient to meet all operating expenses plus the next year’s debt service principal payment. The proposed FY18 budget is structured to meet these compliance requirements, and the strategic plan goals of the AAO-HNS/F continue to provide member [...]

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Thank you, PROJECT 535 volunteers

PROJECT 535 is a Board of Governors-sponsored initiative that strengthens the Academy’s overall advocacy efforts by working to establish one-to-one relationships with federal elected officials. Successful legislative advocacy starts with a solid grassroots foundation, and this additional layer of constituent-based outreach helps reinforce the Academy’s message when Congress debates issues affecting the specialty.

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AAO-HNSF seeks Coordinator for Research and Quality

A search is underway for the coordinator for Research and Quality. This position coordinates the research and quality improvement efforts of the Foundation with particular attention to oversight of research and evidence-based activities that improve care.

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ACADEMY ADVANTAGE PREMIER PARTNER: THE DOCTOR’S COMPANY
Taking the ‘mal’ out of malpractice insurance for otolaryngologists

Today, as healthcare delivery continues to undergo unprecedented change, it’s more important than ever for doctors to have a strong, trusted partner that helps you focus on what you do best—delivering care. That’s why The Doctors Company is taking the “mal” out of malpractice insurance.

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PRACTICE PROFILE
Eastern Virginia Medical School Department of Otolaryngology

No matter what area of practice someone chooses—academic or private—Barry Strasnick, MD, offers this advice: “My message to our residents is always the same. Follow your instinct in which setting best fits you personally, and regardless of where that takes you, your commitment to your patients and their medical care must always come first.

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Collaboration proves key to successful policy

Last October, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) reached out to the Academy requesting clinical input on their draft Injectable Bulking Agents for Vocal Cord Insufficiency medical policy.

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Features

Annual Meeting & OTO Experience
Premiering tomorrow, today: 2017 Honorary Guest Lectures

Presented in order of appearance, September 10-13 in Chicago, IL

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Second feature in the Annual Meeting Guests of Honor Series
Chinese Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

The Chinese Society of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery was founded during the First National Otolaryngology Academic Congress in 1952. With nearly  65 years of development, it now has seven divisions: otology, rhinology, laryngology, head and neck surgery, audiology, pediatric otolaryngology, and voice medicine; 23 standing leaders; and 67 board members, representing approximately 28,000 otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of the head and neck.

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NAVIGATING CHANGE
Regulatory advocacy efforts under the new Administration

Under the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, MD, the Academy has been actively working to address many issues currently  confronting practicing otolaryngologist- head and neck surgeons, including prior authorization, reducing the regulatory burden on physicians, 2017 and 2018 MIPS reporting, and Alternative Payment Model (APM) development.

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R. Peter Manes, MD, named coordinator for Health Policy

The Board of Directors approved combining the roles of the current coordinator for Socioeconomic Affairs, Jane T. Dillon, MD, MBA, and the coordinator for Practice Affairs, Robert Lorenz, MD, MBA, into one position—coordinator for Health Policy (CHP).

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MIPS Demystified: Things You May Not Know About MIPS

The Medicare Access  and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)  will affect nearly every physician in the United States, requiring them  to collect and report data on quality of care, practice activities, and technology. With all of the changes taking place, and despite the final rule being  released in October 2016, some misconceptions  have arisen.

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FAQs: Reg-ent℠ MIPS reporting

How will the Reg-ent registry help my practice with the Merit-based  Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2017 reporting? Reg-ent’s enhanced technology platform  will accommodate all required 2017 MIPS reporting categories, including Quality Performance, Advancing Care Information (ACI), and Improvement Activities (IA).

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MIPS for ENTs

This resource provides a non-exhaustive sample of measures for quality, advancing care information, and improvement activities that may apply to otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons reporting under the partial or full reporting period. For more information on reporting period options, visit www.entnet.org/mips-reporting. Make sure to consider your reporting method, practice size, patient mix, and performance period to choose the reporting period and measures that best suit you. You can access a full list of the measures [...]

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PATIENT HEALTH INFORMATION
Swimmer’s ear

Affecting the outer ear, swimmer’s ear (also called acute otitis externa) is a painful condition resulting from inflammation, irritation, or infection. These symptoms often occur after water gets trapped in your ear, with subsequent spread of bacteria or fungal organisms. Because this condition commonly affects swimmers, it is known as swimmer’s ear.

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