At The Forefront

December 2018/January 2019 - Vol. 37, No. 11

Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting

Make plans to attend the AAO-HNS/F 2019 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting, April 26-28, in Alexandria, VA. #BOGMTG19 The event kicks off with a State OTO Society Roundtable, which provides society leaders, executive directors, and society administrators an opportunity to network, share best practices, and improve collaboration among different states and regions. The event opening is topped off with a Welcome and Networking Reception where you will have direct access to engage with a [...]

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Committee application deadline January 1, 2019

The AAO-HNS/F committee application process is now open. Apply today to join the Academy’s collective committee community. The Academy flourishes and succeeds from the contributions of its members. This comes in many forms, but one crucial contribution is through the work of the over 60 volunteer-member committees. Learn more about the committee application process. For questions, contact committees@entnet.org.

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2019 health policy scholarship open

The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) are offering an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University. The course takes place June 2-8, 2019. The award is in the amount of $8,000, to be used toward the cost of tuition, travel, housing, and subsistence during the period of the course. The award is [...]

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Looking ahead: State advocacy in 2019

Just as real estate agents say housing depends on “location, location, location,” your state of residence dictates the laws and regulations governing your practice of medicine.  And, importantly, these laws and regulations vary from state to state.  However, legislative trends, emanating from bellwether states (such as CA, FL, and NY), are often considered by other states and brought before their legislature for adoption.

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New faces on Capitol Hill, but same partisan obstacles

When the 116th Congress convenes on January 3, 2019, Capitol Hill will look a little different. The balance of power has shifted slightly as the Democratic Party will have a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, while the Republican Party maintained and expanded its majority in the U.S. Senate.

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Taking ENT PAC to the MAX

For the past two years, I have served as Chair of the ENT PAC Board of Advisors, and I have been privileged to see what incredible rewards for our specialty are reaped from the generous contributions of our members. A recent experience during the AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience furthered my respect, and admiration, for our membership.

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Advocacy in Action: CMS heeds AAO-HNS concerns on 2019 Physician Fee Schedule

On November 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule for the CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule/Quality Payment Program after reviewing more than 15,000 stakeholder comments submitted on this summer’s proposed rule.

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In memoriam

We recognize the passing of the following members in 2018 (as of November 18). Listing indicates Academy member category, residency training program, and year of residency completion. Bobby R. Alford, MD Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine, 1960 Michael C. Bell, MD Fellow, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Education Program, 1969 William A. Darling, MD Fellow, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1974 Arthur J. Fischer, MD Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, 1942 Michael E. Glasscock III, MD Fellow, [...]

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Have a voice in the medical literature: Become a journal peer reviewer

The AAO-HNSF journals receive applications every month from individuals who want to become peer reviewers, and for good reason. Reviewing keeps you abreast of the latest medical literature, can provide CME credit, and is often the first step toward more senior journal positions, including editorial board member and associate editor. 

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