Be an advocate for change

October 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 9

ishmanStacey L. Ishman, MD, MPH, Chair, Board of Governors

The joy of patient care is hopefully something that you experience on a regular basis. As practitioners, it is easy to get caught up in the alphabet soup—MIPS, MACRA, ACA, EHR. But, the real reason that most of us chose this path is the patients.

At the Board of Governors (BOG)  meeting last month in San Diego, we  focused on the importance of local specialty societies for education, fellowship, and  professional development through the  counsel of our colleagues and friends.  We also highlighted the socioeconomic  issues that are impacting our practices  and our patients—issues such as balloon sinuplasty payment and the request for  preauthorization for office flexible  laryngoscopy. And, we addressed the alphabet soup and the mandate for improved quality and value—tenets for which we would all like to strive.

We need your input

At the same time, we have all waited with  anticipation to see how the launch and actuation of RegentSM will help us to meet the federal quality reporting requirements. More importantly, we will have the data to prove the positive outcomes that we see in our patients when insurance companies come to us with denials. We will have benchmarks to help us attain and improve the quality of our care.

The BOG is your grassroots voice to provide input regarding the issues and clinical questions that you need answered the most. Please let us know what issues you find most important for your practice or what clinical questions you think need to be answered in order for you to provide the best care for your patients.

Society engagement

At the same time, we want to ensure that everyone has the tools to maximize  connections and advocacy at the local  and regional society level. Toward that end, we are pulling together leaders  from these societies to help us create an online toolbox for member societies. Our  intent is to provide you the tools to benchmark against vibrant local societies and improve attendance and value for your members, whether you meet in person or as virtual societies.

Please let us know if we can help your society and if you are interested in helping us maximize these resources.

AAO-HNS/F 2017 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting, March 10-13

We also invite you to join us in Alexandria, VA, for the upcoming Leadership Forum, where we will continue to discuss the aforementioned issues along with ways to hone your advocacy and leadership skills. At the same time, there are ample opportunities to network with the leadership of our Academy and ask questions directly to the candidates for Academy President at the BOG-sponsored Candidates Forum. Other highlights will include the always popular ENT PAC Reception (open to ENT PAC Leadership Club members) and free CME credits. Online registration will open this winter, so mark your calendars now.

I hope to see you there!