CANDIDATE STATEMENTS | DIRECTOR AT LARGE: PRIVATE PRACTICE | VOTE FOR ONE EACH TYPE OF TWO Pell Ann Wardrop, MD
A multi-pronged approach with further enhancement of Member services and expanded stable revenue is vital to successfully addressing the current threats to otolaryngology and increasing Member engagement.
How would you strengthen our grassroots activities to protect our specialty from legislation that would undermine our mission?
How would you engage all Members to be more active in the Academy?
A multi-pronged approach with further enhancement of Member services and expanded stable revenue is vital to successfully addressing the current threats to otolaryngology and increasing Member engagement. Academy support for young physicians entering our specialty is essential as they are our future. Programs providing employment assistance and practice management expertise may be a source of support for them and revenue for the Academy.
We have an amazingly talented staff with extensive experience in health policy advocacy. We empower them through stable fiscal support. In addition to current innovative Academy revenue initiatives, other options include expanded industry collaboration, additional changes to the Annual Meeting, restructuring of Foundation donations, and extended Member services in payer issues. The Academy should be the repository of third-party payer appeals allowing Members access to Academy and Member activity in this important area.
Advocacy in the governmental, regulatory, and private payer arena is absolutely key to our future and we will prevail only if we proceed as a united specialty. We can emphasize the exceptional skills in otolaryngologic care that we all possess while still recognizing subspecialty expertise. As Ben Franklin and, recently, Sujana Chandrasekhar said: “We must all hang together, or assuredly…”