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March 2020 – Vol. 39, No. 2

Laryngology and Technology: Balancing Outcome and Cost

We are now faced with the opportunity of the advanced technology of single port robotics and the potential for applications in laryngology. Between 2002 and 2009, I had the opportunity to work with Russell H. Taylor, PhD, who pioneered robotic surgery for IBM and later collaborated with Intuitive Surgical.

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Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training: A Call to Otolaryngologists-in-Training  for Academy Engagement

As the healthcare landscape rapidly evolves, the need for organized medicine grows stronger by the day. Yet, for those of us in the structure of a training environment, participation in our specialty society can easily be pushed to the end of a long list of things to do.

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Diversity and Inclusion: When We Default to Straight

The Diversity Endowment provides a critical base of funding for underrepresented minority groups to create programs that facilitate education about inclusion, place a greater emphasis on inclusion, and encourage exploration of the specialty by medical students everywhere.

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Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery – Practice Opportunity: Advanced Practice Provider Training

Healthcare quality and value remain a hot topic in 2020. The final 2020 Physician Fee Schedule Rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included many notable changes, some positive and some less so.

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Incorporating Advanced Practice Providers into Your Practice – Part I: What is an APP?

The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) recognizes the growing importance of the physician–advanced practice provider (APP) team approach and the positive impact on the quality of practice, patient care, and wellness.

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#OTOMTG20 Brings Otolaryngology Together

Each fall, the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation welcomes 7,000-plus attendees from more than 80 countries and more than 250 exhibiting companies for the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO Experience.

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International Guest of Honor: Egypt

The healthcare system in Egypt faces the burden of providing healthcare services especially in areas associated with low income or inadequate education and is required to evolve at a very fast pace to meet existing and potential demand gaps.

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MIPS Year 4: What You Need to Know

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made several changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2020, the program’s fourth year. CMS is required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) to implement a quality payment incentive program, referred to as the Quality Payment Program (QPP).

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New Resources: Top 100 CPT Codes

The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery has prepared new member resources outlining the Top 100 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes reported by providers with the subspecialty designation of “4-Otolaryngology” within the Medicare enrollment database.

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Getting Started with Reg-ent: What You Need to Know Before You Sign Up

Ready to sign up for Reg-ent now or thinking about doing so soon? Here is what you need to know about registry participation and the registration process before you sign up.

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Transition to In-office Treatments: Laryngology

It is often said that what was once old becomes new again. Prior to the advent of modern general anesthetic techniques, otolaryngologists were already at the forefront of in-office procedures, such as in-office tonsillectomy and supraglottic biopsy.

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Out of Committee: Patient Safety and Quality Improvement – Safety of Office-based Laryngology Procedures

Within medicine, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery is often recognized for its balance of surgical procedures and clinical care of patients. Throughout the field of otolaryngology, there has been a shift over time to move an increasing number of our surgical procedures into the office setting.

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March 1-7, 2020, is National Sleep Awareness Week – Information for Your Patients: Sleep Apnea

Regular snoring in adults and children can be a sign of a more serious problem: obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea involves blockage of the airway during sleep and can be characterized by decreased oxygen levels and sleep fragmentation.

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Focus on Your Voice in 2020

World Voice Day is celebrated and recognized on April 16 every year, but with the year 2020, its vision and standard cannot escape our minds. Our world is a busy one, and our attention is often pulled in many directions. First and foremost, though, is our responsibility to do no harm—and we can do that by focusing on our voices.

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Q&A for Patients

Contributors from the AAO-HNS Voice Committee: William Z. Gao, MD, Norman D. Hogikyan, MD, Sid Khosla, MD, Melissa M. Mortensen, MD, Amy L. Rutt, DO

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