BOARD OF GOVERNORS
BOG sessions add to a rewarding Annual Meeting

May 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 04

By Steven T. Kmucha, MD, JD, Chair, BOG Governance & Society Engagement

Steven T. Kmucha, MD, JD, Chair, BOG Governance & Society Engagement

Steven T. Kmucha, MD, JD, Chair, BOG Governance & Society Engagement

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.

The BOG Miniseminar is formatted to explore the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Physician Consortium and Performance Improvement® (PCPI), and other regulations, identifying how physicians can understand the various rating systems and improve their quality scores.

The BOG Miniseminar is formatted to explore the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Physician Consortium and Performance Improvement® (PCPI), and other regulations, identifying how physicians can understand the various rating systems and improve their quality scores.

To achieve and experience the most from the Annual Meeting, it is important to prioritize your time.

I strongly encourage you to investigate the sessions provided by the Board of Governors (BOG) focusing on legislative, socioeconomic, and grassroots issues affecting every aspect of the practice of medicine. To assist you, the Academy developed an Annual Meeting planner that allows you to create a personalized schedule, easily find the BOG offerings that optimize your time, and deliver the most to improve your practice.

For instance, the BOG Miniseminar titled “BOG Hot Topics: How to Survive and Succeed in Practice in 2016” is formatted to explore the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Physician Consortium and Performance Improvement® (PCPI), and other regulations, identifying how physicians can understand the various rating systems and improve their quality scores. The BOG Miniseminar will also define how physicians are perceived by our patients and develop strategies to optimize public scores and enhance patient satisfaction.

In addition to the BOG Miniseminar, plan to join us for other BOG-related opportunities during the Annual Meeting. BOG committee meetings are held a day early, on Saturday, September 17, and are open to all U.S./Canadian attendees, and the BOG General Assembly is scheduled for Monday, September 19.

AM16logoThe BOG sessions are a great way to understand and utilize the many resources of the Academy and the BOG that help us practice the best medicine possible. Local, state, and regional BOG volunteers are monitoring legislation and policy development to help our Academy anticipate potential problems so they can be addressed before they become more onerous.

The BOG has also developed PROJECT 535 with the hope of matching an AAO-HNS Member with every legislator in Congress to establish a relationship that can allow a two-way conduit of information. This will allow our specialty to provide proactive insight and guidance to legislators during the development of legislation, rather than being forced to deal reactively after the legislation has already been enacted and implemented.

I look forward to seeing you all in San Diego, and please remember to add the BOG events to your Annual Meeting schedule. You won’t regret it!