Published: June 1, 2016


A busy private practice otolaryngologist, physician practice manager, wife and mother of three, and strong leader in the AAO-HNS, Lauren S. Zaretsky, MD, makes “having it all” look effortless.

AM16logo_1inThe Presidential Citations are given to individuals who have had a profound influence on the AAO-HNS/F president’s life and otolaryngology. President Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD, has selected the following individuals for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the Academy and Foundation.

Lauren S. Zaretsky, MD

zaretskyA busy private practice otolaryngologist, physician practice manager, wife and mother of three, and strong leader in the AAO-HNS, Lauren S. Zaretsky, MD, makes “having it all” look effortless. This citation is given in honor of her exacting and tireless work on behalf of Academy Members worldwide, and her frank and honest nature.

Lauren is the ultimate in private practice otolaryngology. She and her husband, Lee M. Shangold, MD, have been in practice together since completing their training. They have three wonderful, creative, funny children. Lauren claims that she was in part-time practice, but I could always find her at the office or in the hospital making rounds on weekends. She not only does the breadth of otolaryngology, but she ran the business end of their five-person practice for years. When Members ask me how they can possibly participate at the Academy when they are in private practice, I just show them a picture of Lauren. She served on the Board of Directors for years, and came to every meeting thoroughly prepared, having read all of the materials and using her sharp memory to keep the Academy and Foundation on the right path. She was chair of the Ethics Committee when our Code of Ethics was rewritten, a prodigious feat that serves all of us very well. Her contributions on the Nominating Committee as Ethics Chair have made our Academy stronger for years to come. Lauren was part of the active conversion of the Women in Otolaryngology Committee to a section, and has remained in a very important advisory role there. She unfailingly attends local and regional scientific programs, every AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting, and is a leader in the Long Island Society of Otolaryngology. She currently works with ENT and Allergy Associates there.

An aspect of Lauren that you might not glean from her CV is that she is an outstanding consigliere. I heard once that when you speak your dreams, they become goals. A few years ago, I whispered to Lauren and to the late Linda Brodsky that I thought I’d like to become Academy President. Boom! They turned that right into a goal. Their advice and encouragement, both when I was feeling confident and especially when I was hesitant, allowed me to lay out my rationale and my plan. With friends like Lauren, it’s hard to go wrong. I am delighted to be able to present my friend and a true otolaryngology leader, Dr. Lauren Zaretsky, with this Presidential Citation.



More from June 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 05

REGENTSM UPDATEQuality reporting for 2016
Quality reporting for 2016 Now is the time to prepare for Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) reporting for calendar year 2016. There are many changes to requirements this year and the fines associated with failing to report are significant. Highlighted below are important considerations and information on reporting via RegentSM, a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR.) For practitioners who still maintain paper charts, or who want to take advantage of the simplicity of reporting measures groups, RegentSM offers a solution. Make sure to read the July Bulletin for information on all of Regent’s measures and measures groups that will be available to you in 2016. Also, make sure to visit as we will be updating this page frequently with RegentSM PQRS reporting resources. Using RegentSM for PQRS 2016 RegentSM does all of the work for you if you are reporting as an individual or as a group, and depending on whether you choose to report individual measures or measures groups. 1. Know the penalties Practice Type PQRS and Value Modifier Penalties Solo practioners and practices with 2-9 providers -2% PQRS and -2% Value Modifier = -4% Practices with 10 or more providers -2% PQRS and -4% Value Modifier = -6%   2. Decide how to report RegentSM pilot sites Advanced ENT & Allergy Advanced ENT Augusta ENT Colorado ENT & Allergy Dr. Steven Peskind, MD & Associates Ear Nose & Throat Clinics of San Antonio East Alabama Ear, Nose & Throat, P.C. ENT and Allergy Associates Hebert Medical Group Oregon Health and Science University Pinnacle Ear Nose & Throat Associates, LLC Premier Medical Group Select Physicians Alliance, PL South Florida ENT Southern New England ENT* Texas Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, P.A. University of Alabama – Birmingham Hospital University of Missouri Medical Center* White Rock ENT *Newly added You may report either as an individual or as a group. Individuals may report individual measures or measures groups, while practice groups may report individual performance measures only. If you decide to report as a group, first, understand your practice size as there are different CMS requirements depending upon how many Eligible Professionals (EPs) are in your group. Next, make sure to register with CMS if you plan to report as a group. For more information on group reporting and to self-nominate with CMS before the June 30, 2016 deadline, visit For practices of two to 99 EPs NEW! Practices of two to 99 EPs participating via the Group Practice Reporting Option (GPRO) may report quality measures via RegentSM for the 2016 reporting period, and Reporting Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) for PQRS survey measures is optional. For practices with 100 or more EPs Groups with 100 or more EPs are also required to report the CAHPS for PQRS measures through a CMS-Certified Survey Vendor in addition to satisfactorily reporting PQRS measures via RegentSM. For more information on CAHPS for PQRS click here: 3. Learn about Regent’s measures and measures groups Visit and click on the measures link in the right-hand navigation to view all of the measures contained in Regent. As noted above, RegentSM is also able to accommodate measures group reporting. The measures groups are listed here: Get started Visit and sign up to learn more. Then, make sure all the physicians in your practice are AAO-HNS Members and up-to-date on dues payment with the AAO-HNS even if they choose not to participate in RegentSM. Nurses, physician assistants, audiologists, speech pathologists, and non-physician providers do not have to become AAO-HNS Members to participate. Dues payment for 2017 starts in October 2016. All Member dues must be paid by January 15, 2017, for participation in RegentSM. Stay tuned to your AAO-HNSF emails and watch for our full launch date, which is anticipated to be late summer 2016. Visit PQRS reporting needs already addressed? PQRS reporting is just the first phase of RegentSM. RegentSM is the first Otolaryngology Clinical Data Registry and will be growing to include measures covering the depth and breadth of the specialty. In the future and as measures are added, Members will be able to engage with RegentSM data for research, quality improvement, and meeting Maintenance of Certification and licensure needs. If your practice or institution cares about defining quality in practice and documenting the value of the care you provide, then you need to become part of RegentSM, even if you don’t need to report for PQRS.