State of States: Mid-year 2018

With all but four state legislatures convening in 2018, it has been an active year for the AAO-HNS state advocacy program. However, many of those state sessions have been abbreviated. Oregon, for ... READ MORE

Federal legislative accomplishments

115th Congress – 2017/2018 Repealed the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) Created by the Affordable Care Act, the IPAB was charged with creating or modifying Medicare payment policy ... READ MORE

AAO-HNS leads efforts to oppose audiology direct access/physician status legislation

The AAO-HNS strongly believes a physician-led hearing healthcare team, with coordination of services, is the best approach for providing the highest quality care to patients. However, some in the ... READ MORE

Speak with a collective voice

ENT PAC, the political action committee of the AAO-HNS, financially supports congressional candidates and incumbents who will advance issues important to otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. Since ... READ MORE

Payment advocacy spotlight: Wins and recent actions

The AAO-HNS ramped up its private payment advocacy efforts this year due to increased actions by payers to reduce/eliminate physician reimbursements or limit their coverage decisions. Strategic ... READ MORE

Now available: CPT Assistant on “Updated Endoscopic Nasal Sinus Surgery” codes

For the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) 2018 code set, significant changes were made to the Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) and Sinus Ostial Dilation (e.g., balloon sinus dilation or BSD) family ... READ MORE

ADVOCACY: MAKING THE SPECIALTY’S VOICE HEARD: AAO-HNS takes lead role in first FDA sleep disordered breathing workshop

PANEL TOPIC Defining SDB Conditions for Clinical Trials Moderator:Stacey L. Ishman, MD, MPH Panelist:Kathleen Yaremchuk, MD, MSA SDB Diagnosis and Monitoring: Role of Polysomnography vs. Home ... READ MORE

Join AAO-HNSF in new humanitarian effort: Donate medical supplies and instruments today!

An Atlanta-headquartered organization helps us help others Imagine turning patients away because you don’t have surgical gloves to treat them, or not being able to perform life-altering surgery on ... READ MORE

International Guest of Honor Series: The Colombian ENT surgeon is the product of a wonderful land

The Colombian Association of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck, Maxillofacial, and Facial Aesthetics "As President of the AAO–HNS/F, it is my great honor and privilege to welcome the Colombian ... READ MORE

Welcome to Atlanta: Our town

In the middle of an urban resurgence, Atlanta is one of America’s most accessible cities, featuring vibrant and unique neighborhoods, chic dining, and a rich history. Around every corner is a new ... READ MORE

#OTOMTG18 Honorary Guest Lecturers

Presented in order of appearance, October 8 and 9, 2018 John Conley, MD Lecture on Medical Ethics Monday, October 8 • 10:00 – 11:00 am Georgia World Congress Center Building B, Ballroom ... READ MORE

Proposed fiscal year 2019 (FY19) combined budget

Scott P. Stringer, MD AAO-HNS/F Secretary-Treasurer The Executive Committees of the Boards of Directors (BODs) were presented with the Finance and Investment Subcommittee (FISC) proposed budget ... READ MORE

Humanitarian service in Belize

Jeffrey J. Harmon Jr., MD Resident Grant Awardee, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine This past February, I had the privilege of serving on a medical mission to the Corozal Community ... READ MORE

Clinical Practice Guideline: A Consumer’s Perspective Commentary: New clinical practice guideline on hoarseness (dysphonia) with permission from the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association

Charlie Reavis, NSDA President In February 2016, I was asked by the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) to serve on a panel as the consumer advocate to ... READ MORE

International Advisory Board (IAB) Chair election

The AAO-HNS call for nominees for the next Chair of the International Advisory Board (IAB) was highly successful and resulted in the submission of several highly qualified candidates for the position. ... READ MORE

Reg-entSM: MIPS 2018 reporting FAQs

Q What are the benefits of participating in Reg-ent to report MIPS 2018 instead of using another reporting mechanism? A Reg-ent has numerous benefits for AAO-HNS members and is the MIPS 2018 ... READ MORE

Board of Governors: Mentorship through Academy meetings

Troy D. Woodard, MD Vice Chair, BOG Legislative Affairs Committee During my residency and first few years of practice, I looked forward to attending the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting because of the ... READ MORE

Joint Commission: Meaningful change?

James C. Denneny III, MD The expanding list of rules governing how one practices medicine both in the hospital and outpatient setting has been recognized as one of the greatest ... READ MORE

Data and evidence

One of the most frustrating subjects permeating the medical community revolves around data and evidence. There has been a steady progression, particularly over the last decade, of the realization and ... READ MORE

Practice in an era of healthcare disruption

More health systems are feeling the pressure of impending consolidation due to a number of factors, including narrowing margins, tightened net incomes, unpredictable national health policy, costs, ... READ MORE