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March 2018 – Vol. 37, No. 2

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The Leading Edge

Communication—Be the voice for positive change!

We live in uncertain times in this changing healthcare environment, devoid of any clearly defined direction at the federal level and with little clarity in terms of any transformational national health policy moving forward. It is clear, though, that leading in a so-called “VUCA world”—Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous—the Academy will continue to serve as the watchdog and problem-solver for the practicing otolaryngologist, both in private practice and academic settings.

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Be a “difference maker”

Every month seems to begin and end with both new and recycled aggravations and impediments to practicing the type of medicine we envisioned when we entered the profession. Additional requirements and rules to practice piled on by hospitals, insurers, and licensing boards continue to add to frustrations as we are pushed further away from our patients.

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At The Forefront

Board of Governors: What is the big deal with “big data?”

Medicine is going through growing pains. Physicians are encumbered by a growing burden of compulsory administrative and clinical tasks, many in the name of gathering huge volumes of data intended to help guide how medicine is practiced in the future. Certainly, the medical field is not the first to encounter the use of “big data.”

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New features at the AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience

The AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is the premier education and networking event for the otolaryngology–head and neck surgery community. More than 5,000 of the brightest and most talented medical experts from around the globe will convene October 7-10, in Atlanta, GA.

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Save the date: Alumni reception at the AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience

The AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, October 7-10 in Atlanta, GA, is the perfect place to reconnect with colleagues from your alma mater.

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Hearing the future: Congress recognizes World Hearing Day 2018

The AAO-HNS has joined others in the hearing health community to support a Congressional Resolution introduced by U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and David McKinley (R-WV), co-chairs of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus. The Resolution designates March 3, 2018, as World Hearing Day.

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Don’t delay! Deadline approaching for 2018 international grants and scholarships

Are you an international otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon, under 40 years old, and in a junior full-time teaching position? You may be eligible for an International Visiting Scholarship (IVS)

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Crowdsourcing knowledge: Learning from the Patient Safety Event Reporting Tool

We all have a wealth of experiences that guide our individual medical wisdom and decision-making process. How much more could our collective wisdom help us all troubleshoot and improve processes in our individual practice environments? There is much to be learned from our combined experiences.

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AAO-HNS advocates on Anthem’s Modifier 25 policy

As many AAO-HNS members are aware, in the fall of 2017, Anthem announced its plans to reimburse Evaluation and Management (E/M) services at a 50 percent rate when a significant, separately identifiable E/M service (appended with the 25 modifier) and surgery/diagnostic procedural services are performed on the same day.

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AAO-HNS Humanitarian grantees: Two grantees in western Kenya

As a product of many years of Jesuit education, I (Katherine) have been encouraged to live the Jesuit motto of being “women and men for others” by sharing my time, talents, and resources to positively affect those around me, especially those less fortunate than I.

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Features

Otolaryngologists help celebrate Sleep Awareness Week

Otolaryngologists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat sleep disordered breathing. While other health professionals are often involved in the management of these disorders, no other professionals have such comprehensive expertise and ability to offer the breadth of treatment options to improve patient lives that we do.

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Make a choice, cherish your voice

From the moment we wake up in the morning to the second we fall asleep, we all make tens of thousands of choices. Simple decisions are made, such as what to wear based on the weather, expected activities of the day, and the status of laundry.

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Q&A: Voice Committee on the theme and responding to common questions

To recognize World Voice Day on April 16, the Voice Committee developed the theme, “Make a Choice, Cherish Your Voice.” Committee members offer  responses to patients’ common questions on just  how to care for and respect one of our most used  relationship tools: our voice.

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Clinical Practice Guideline: Updates to improve quality of care for patients with Dysphonia

Dysphonia affects nearly one-third of the population at some point in their lives. The primary purpose of the Clinical Practice Guideline Hoarseness (Dysphonia) (Update) is to improve the quality of care for patients with dysphonia, based on current best evidence.

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AAO-HNS to participate in FDA workshop on sleep devices

On April 16, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will convene a public workshop at its Silver Spring, MD, campus regarding the regulation of medical devices for sleep disordered breathing (SDB). The FDA’s goal for the workshop is to expedite innovation and patient access to sleep apnea devices.

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