Advocacy Features

June 2020 – Vol. 39, No. 5

Private Payer Advocacy Spotlight: Wins and Challenges

The AAO-HNS is actively engaged in private payer advocacy efforts to ensure coverage and reimbursement of procedures provided by our members to improve health outcomes. The Academy relies on multiple avenues to identify coverage topics for advocacy prioritization.


Advocacy in Action: A Win for Children in Virginia

Working over a holiday weekend in January, the AAO-HNS, the Virginia Society of Otolaryngology, and the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics coalesced to inform Commonwealth of Virginia legislators of their significant concerns surrounding SB 423, a bill to require health insurance coverage of hearing aids for minors.


The Power of Project 535

There are few tools more powerful than direct advocacy between a constituent and a member of Congress. Project 535 was established in 2015 by the Board of Governors in order to create an avenue for AAO-HNS members to get involved in direct advocacy on issues which significantly impact our specialty.


Federal Relief for Otolaryngologist-Head and Neck Surgeons Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the novel coronavirus has spread in communities across the United States, the AAO-HNS has fiercely advocated for relief for otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons on the federal level. With the steadfast support of AAO-HNS members through grassroots advocacy, the Academy has worked to negotiate on behalf of the specialty to ensure that our members and the patients they serve are protected during this unprecedented time.


Thank You to the 2020 ENT PAC First 50 Investors!

The First 50 campaign is a fundraising effort to garner at least 50 $1,000+ (Chairman’s Club or Leadership Club) contributions during the month of January every year. The First 50 campaign helps ensure the Academy can actively engage on issues critical to the specialty.


Changes Are Coming to E/Ms Starting in 2021

Beginning January 1, 2021,  changes to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code structure for office or outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services will take effect. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized these changes in the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule.