Published: November 4, 2015

Legislative Advocacy highlights from Annual Meeting

Another successful Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO(SM) has come and gone. In case you were unable to join us in Dallas, below is a brief overview of what you missed.

Another successful Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM has come and gone. In case you were unable to join us in Dallas, below is a brief overview of what you missed.

Legislative Advocacy booths

Once again, Annual Meeting attendees had the opportunity to learn more about the Academy’s federal legislative priorities, grassroots initiatives, and political programs by visiting one, or both, of the Legislative Advocacy booths.


The BOG Legislative Affairs Committee, in collaboration with the Academy’s Legislative Advocacy team, launched a new initiative titled “PROJECT 535.” The goal of PROJECT 535 is to build relationships with federal legislators in every U.S. Congressional seat—435 in the House and 100 in the Senate. PROJECT 535 will help establish key “grasstops” contacts—voting physicians with access to national leaders in every district. To sign up and represent your district, email

project535Successful legislative advocacy starts with a solid grassroots foundation. To ensure our message is heard broadly on Capitol Hill, the AAO-HNS is launching PROJECT 535. A Board of Governors-sponsored initiative, our goal is to recruit a “key contact” for each U.S. Senate and House Congressional seat to improve our outreach to federal legislators when major issues are debated by Congress. Sign up today for PROJECT 535 by contacting the AAO-HNS Legislative Advocacy team at The commitment is minimal, but the impact is immense.

ENT PAC celebrates 20 years of bipartisan advocacy

This year’s Annual Meeting was a celebration of ENT PAC, and its 20 years of bipartisan advocacy. To celebrate this milestone, ENT PAC Investors enjoyed cake and other goodies at the Advocacy booths, and a special anniversary gift was available to Leadership Club donors. ENT PAC is excited to be celebrating its 20th anniversary and looks forward to the next 20 years of advocating on behalf of the specialty.

ENT PAC success at Annual Meeting

Thanks to the generous support of its Investors, ENT PAC raised more than $21,000 during the AAO-HNSF 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM. Thank you to all of the 2015 ENT PAC investors.

Lunch among Advocacy leaders

On September 28, the ENT PAC Board of Advisors hosted the annual Advocacy Leadership Luncheon. Attendees included 2015 ENT PAC Chairman’s Club donors, winners of the 2014 SRF Advocacy Involvement Campaign, and other key advocacy leaders. During the event, attendees discussed critical healthcare issues with special guest speaker, former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX). For more information about the ENT PAC Leadership Clubs, email

Two-stepping at the ENT PAC reception

On September 28, ENT PAC Investors were invited to attend the annual PAC “Thank You” reception. This year’s event took place at Gilley’s Dallas.  Attendees enjoyed a night of barbecue in a traditional Texas environment. The ENT PAC Board of Advisors and staff thank all our 2015 PAC Investors!

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More from November 2015 - Vol. 34, No. 10

AAO-HNSF publishes methodology for developing clinical consensus statements
Since 2010, the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) has published five clinical consensus statements (CCSs) in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, including: Diagnosis and Management of Nasal Valve Compromise (2010); CT Imaging Indications for Paranasal Sinus Disease (2012); Tracheostomy Care (2012); Pediatric Chronic Rhinosinusitis (2014); and this month Septoplasty with or without Inferior Turbinoplasty (2015). The CCS development manual supplement also appears in this month’s issue. The manual describes the methodology used by the AAO-HNSF to promote rapid and consistent development of CCSs when the evidence is lacking for development of a clinical practice guideline (CPG). A CCS integrates structured expert opinions with the existing literature to try and provide some clarification on points that are quality improvement opportunities related to a particular topic. In contrast to CPGs, which are based primarily on high-level evidence, clinical consensus statements are more applicable to situations where evidence is limited or lacking, yet there are still opportunities to reduce uncertainty and improve quality of care. Much like the AAO-HNSF Clinical Practice Guideline Development Manual, Third Edition: A Quality-Driven Approach for Translating Evidence into Action, which has now been cited 119 times, the goal of the Clinical Consensus Statement Development Manual is to provide readers with the detailed methodology used by the AAO-HNSF to develop its clinical consensus statements. Publication of the manual facilitates transparency of the AAO-HNSF process and also provides a tool for other organizations to replicate our process. In summary, the AAO-HNSF utilizes a modified Delphi Survey Method to develop its CCSs. The Delphi Method involves using multiple anonymous surveys to assess for objective consensus within an expert panel. This rigorous and standardized approach minimized bias and facilitated content expert consensus. While the CCS development manual contains specific practices relevant to the AAO-HNSF, we believe that the principles explained therein will be a valuable tool for our Members, the subspecialty societies, and to external organizations as well. Comparison of key characteristics of consensus statements vs. guidelines* Characteristic Clinical consensus statement Clinical practice guideline Primary output Statements of fact based on best evidence and expert consensus Recommendations for action based on best evidence and explicit consideration of benefits, harms, values, and preferences Level of evidence Observational studies and expert consensus; higher levels of evidence when available Systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials; lower level evidence as needed for research gaps Size of development group 8 to 10; possibly more 15 to 20 Composition of development group Otolaryngologists; content experts a majority; may include other disciplines as needed Multidisciplinary, including consumers; content experts a minority; includes all stakeholders in the target audience Perspective of development group member Member serves as a content expert based on individual knowledge and experience Member advocates for the discipline or constituency they were appointed to represent Time frame 6 to 8 months 12 to 18 months Meeting venues Conference calls and electronic mail In-person meetings, conference calls, and electronic mail External review Limited review by relevant stakeholders Extensive review by all stakeholders, including open public comment *From the AAO-HNSF Clinical Consensus Statement Development Manual (2015). (In press)