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May 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 04

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The Leading Edge

San Diego memories

It is an exciting time as the Foundation gears up for the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM. Although the San Diego, CA, location was decided years ago, this meeting is one that has special meaning for me as you will understand soon. The Foundation anticipates a healthy showing of physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and industry attendees to pour into San Diego this September.

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Spring overture

Registration for this year’s AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM in one of our favorite locations, San Diego, opened May 2. I encourage you to take advantage of the early registration discounts for what promises to be an exceptional meeting. This year we will continue to offer unlimited Instruction Courses as part of the registration fee as well as unopposed time for named Lectures, Committee Meetings, and exploration of the OTO Experience (the OTO EXPOSM, [...]

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At The Forefront

BOARD OF GOVERNORS
BOG sessions add to a rewarding Annual Meeting

With signs of spring appearing in some parts, it is time to start thinking about the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM, September 18-21, in San Diego, CA. Building on the many new and popular changes implemented last year by the AAO-HNS Program Advisory and Instruction Course Advisory Committees, additional improvements this year will enhance your meeting experience to allow you to better meet your professional, educational, and business needs.

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Cleft lip, palate repair in Peru
Expanded from the print edition

For once I got excited while checking my email. I had received an AAO-HNSF humanitarian award to send me to Peru on a cleft lip and palate mission trip. The grant money would help subsidize my travel expenses for the trip. I was so excited.

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Advocacy acronyms and committees

Below are key committees and acronyms you need to know to be an effective advocate for the specialty.

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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. CPT for ENT articles are a collaborative effort among the Academy’s team of CPT Advisors, Members of the Physician Payment Policy (3P) Workgroup, and health policy staff.

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FROM ACADEMY ADVANTAGE PREMIER PARTNER: THE DOCTORS COMPANY
Heed those EHR alerts: EHRs now a factor in malpractice suits

Patient harm caused at least in part by the use of electronic health records (EHRs) has now emerged in medical malpractice claims, according to a recent closed claims study by The Doctors Company. And alert fatigue—ignoring, overriding, or disabling EHR alerts because they are so frequent they become disruptive and annoying—has emerged as a top risk.

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Board approves 10 Position Statements

Position Statements are used to designate a statement, policy, or declaration of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) on a particular topic or set of topics.

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Academy submits comments on episode groups to CMS

As part of an ongoing effort to represent Members in the quickly changing healthcare payment landscape, on March 1, 2016, the Academy submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Request for Information (RFI) on Episode Groups.

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Features

PRACTICE PROFILE
Midwest ENT Centre

Midwest ENT Centre is a single-specialty group of six physician Members of the Academy, located in St. Peters, MO. An “oto family” connection ties three of the practice’s physicians: J. Michael Conoyer, MD, is the father of J. Matthew Conoyer, MD, and Benjamin M. Conoyer, MD.

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AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM
Experience value

When you arrive in San Diego for the 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, you’ll experience a meeting like no other—a meeting focused solely on bringing you robust education, networking, and most of all VALUE!

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Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM offers more value for Members

In last month’s issue of Bulletin, we introduced our new membership campaign, Value 4U. Through our many programs and resources, we help Members achieve excellence and provide the best ear, nose, and throat care and navigate the unknowns in the current healthcare system.

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Register by July 8 to save!

May 2 – Registration and housing open

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Hot topics for 2016

With such an extensive education program, we have learned that it is easier to navigate when it’s categorized by specialty track. Here are the 2016 tracks.

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More new and value-added events and activities

The 120th Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM has several new and stimulating activities planned for 2016.

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NEW! Get your badge onsite

In an effort to cut down on paper and continue encouraging sustainable practices, the attendee meeting badges will not be mailed this year. All registered attendees will receive an email badge confirmation with a barcode that they can bring onsite to the registration kiosks to scan in order to print their badge.

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Interested in holding a meeting or reception at the Annual Meeting?

Complete a Meeting Space Application today!

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Build your schedule, find a session room, stay connected, and more!

This year’s meeting app will provide many more functionalities and services to make it easier to navigate the Annual Meeting program and build a customized schedule. It offers the ability to select any session (Instruction Courses, Miniseminars, Honorary Guest Lectures, International Symposium, etc.) to add to your schedule.

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Legends of Otolaryngology

The AAO-HNSF Legends of Otolaryngology is a new initiative beginning this fall. The Legends of Otolaryngology is a fundraising program that will honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. Our first Legend is M. Eugene Tardy, Jr., MD.

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Schedule of events

To access an up-to-date schedule of events, visit www.entannualmeeting.org/16/schedule/index.

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Annual Meeting committee meetings

Open to all AAO-HNS Members, committee meetings are listed alphabetically. Dates and times are subject to change. Please refer to the online schedule at www.entnet.org/annual_meeting or the mobile app for the latest listings.

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OTO Experience displays the future of the specialty

When you walk through the doors of the OTO Experience, you embark on an experiential learning journey like no other. Start with seeing and touching the most innovative surgical equipment and then take part in hands-on and simulation activities to improve your skills.

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Classic California

San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States, and one of the easiest to enjoy. It is a vibrant city with breathing room. San Diego’s largest employer’s “fluid” workforce, the U.S. Navy, keeps some of its residents out of town.

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REGENTSM MILESTONES
CMS grants Qualified Clinical Data Registry designation

The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and its Foundation are pleased to announce that its clinical data registry, RegentSM, has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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