At The Forefront

August 2020 – Vol. 39, No. 7

At the Forefront

The AAO-HNS extends its greatest appreciation to the candidates of the 2020 election for their dedication and willingness to run for office and serve the AAO-HNS and its members. The Nominating Committee presented the membership with an outstanding slate of candidates. The AAO-HNS thanks the Committee for its meaningful deliberation. Albert L. Merati, MD, and the Nominating Committee are pleased to announce the results of the 2020 AAO-HNS Annual Election

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Humanitarian Travel Grant: Otolaryngology in Uganda

In November 2018, I had the opportunity to participate in a surgical mission trip to Kampala, Uganda, as part of the Head and Neck Outreach (HNO) team from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. This is a well-established medical and educational exchange with the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) and the Makerere University School of Medicine.

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2020 AAO-HNS Election Results

The AAO-HNS extends its greatest appreciation to the candidates of the 2020 election for their dedication and willingness to run for office and serve the AAO-HNS and its members. The Nominating Committee presented the membership with an outstanding slate of candidates. The AAO-HNS thanks the Committee for its meaningful deliberation. Albert L. Merati, MD, and the Nominating Committee are pleased to announce the results of the 2020 AAO-HNS Annual Election.

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Private Payer Advocacy: Aetna Sinus Surgery

Over the past several months, members have alerted the Academy’s Health Policy Advocacy team that they have been receiving sinus surgery reimbursement denials from Aetna. In these denials, Aetna states that the procedure is considered experimental/investigational. In response, the Physician Payment Policy (3P) workgroup, supported by Health Policy Advocacy staff, have been working with Aetna to gain insight into these denials.

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Coding Update: How to Report CPT 31298

In January 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented significant changes to the functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) and balloon sinus dilation (BSD) family of codes, revising these code sets to bundle frequently reported codes within each family together.

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BOG Practitioner Excellence Award: Kathleen C Y Sie, MD

The recipient of the 2020 BOG Practitioner Excellence Award is Kathleen C Y Sie, MD, division chief, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital; director of the UW Medicine Childhood Communication Center; UW Richard and Francine Loeb Endowed Chair in Childhood Communication Research; and UW professor of head and neck surgery.

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BOG Model Society Award

The Metro Atlanta Educational Society for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (MAES/OHNS) is the recipient of the 2020 BOG Model Society Award. The goal of MAES/OHNS is to provide education and scientific programs and seminars to otolaryngologists and other physicians and healthcare workers in a way that can be applied to the day-to-day clinical treatment of patients.

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2020 BOG Candidates

What is the greatest challenge our specialty is currently facing and how would you advocate for action through member engagement?

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