www.entnet.orgCurrent IssueArchivesAnnual MeetingAdvertise with the BulletinENTConnectAnnual Report 20142014 Annual Report: 2013-2014 Academy and Foundation Boards of DirectorsOFFICERS President Richard W. Waguespack, MD President-Elect Gayle E. Woodson, MD2014 Annual Report: SustainabilityThe new Member Engagement portal, ENTConnect, serves as the resource bank for chairs and committee Members, enabling Members to work more collaboratively. Using a crawl, walk, run approach, ENTConnect was finally launched to all Members in May 2014. Based on the buzz in Orlando during the Annual Meeting, ENTConnect has taken off.2014 Annual Report: Financial Report: Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14)AAO-HNS/F leaders and staff continue to be prudent stewards of the organizations’financial resources. The fiscal year July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014 (FY14), closed with a positive (unaudited) $1.7 million variance from the break-even budget.2014 Annual Report: Annual Meeting SponsorshipsDuring the past two years, the AAO-HNSF has shown an increased commitment to corporate relations and an open dialogue with companies operating within the ENT space. The efforts of the Development Business Unit have been fruitful.2014 Annual Report: David R. Nielsen, MD EndowmentThe David R. Nielsen, MD Endowment was established to honor the significant contributions made by Dr. Nielsen during his 13 years as executive vice president and chief executive officer of the organization.2014 Annual Report: Hal Foster, MD EndowmentIn October 2009, the Boards of Directors initiated the Hal Foster, MD Endowment Campaign with a goal of raising funds to provide an ongoing source of funding for the future of the specialty.2014 Annual Report: 2014 Millennium SocietyLife Members Peter J. Abramson, MD Kenneth W. Altman, MD, PhD2014 Annual Report: AAO-HNS Members & Stakeholders Giving Back to the SpecialtyUnder the leadership of Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD, coordinator for development, the Development Unit is actively working to increase non-dues revenue for the Academy and Foundation.2014 Annual Report: Sustainability: StewardshipIn 2014, the AAO-HNS/F stewardship has been exceptional. The AAO-HNS/F has further fortified its already strong support systems. The achievements that follow have optimized the organizations’flexibility and ability to transform strategy to action.2014 Annual Report: Leadership AcademyIn 2014, we combined several leadership activities into one all-encompassing weekend.2014 Annual Report: Transforming for the Future: Committees and SectionsEach November, the Academy and Foundation open the committee application process for the subsequent year’s appointments. In 2014, we welcomed 224 new committee members from the 385 applications received.2014 Annual Report: Member Engagement & Unity: Your ExperienceMembership in the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery remains strong, with more than 12,000 Members globally.2014 Annual Report: Transforming for the FutureEven as the Foundation’s education and knowledge resources thrive, they also continue to transform to meet the needs of the future. This transformation is led by Sonya Malekzadeh, MD, Coordinator for Education, working closely with the Education Steering Committee and eight education committees.2014 Annual Report: Working TogetherThe leadership of the AAO-HNS and its Foundation is well aware that a collaborative approach is an essential element of meeting the education needs of both general otolaryngologists and specialists.2014 Annual Report: Thriving: Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSMAs planning began for the 2014 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠, the AAO-HNS/F Boards of Directors identified strategic initiatives intended to extend and increase the relevance of the Annual Meeting.2014 Annual Report: Education & Knowledge: Awareness, Engagement, ValueIn 2014, the AAO-HNS Foundation’s emphasis in Education and Knowledge was on you, the learner. Throughout the year, the Foundation’s education leadership focused on encouraging engagement in the education and knowledge resources the Foundation offers.2014 Annual Report: Quality Measurement and Registry DevelopmentTwo otolaryngology-specific measure groups for PQRS reporting were developed by AAO-HNS/F and ABOto leadership. The two measure groups were included in the CMS 2015 MPFS Proposed Rule. Utilizing measures groups reduces the burden to physicians reporting to PQRS.2014 Annual Report: Dissemination, Education, and Implementation for Clinical Practice GuidelinesAccording to the 2014 Voice of the Member Survey, the top four benefits to Members, based on importance, are Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs), Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery scientific journal, the AAO-HNS/F website (entnet.org), and the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠.2014 Annual Report: Research & Quality: Improving CareTo further research and quality in otolaryngology, our goal is to empower physicians to provide the best patient care through the development of evidence-based guidlines that are updated and refined, based on current best practices.2014 Annual Report: Advocacy: Get InvolvedWith the start of the 114th Congress, now is the time for AAO-HNS Members to learn more about legislative and political advocacy by visiting www.entpac.org.2014 Annual Report: The Evolution of Federal Audiology LegislationEfforts to oppose inappropriate scope of practice expansions have long been a tenet of the AAO-HNS’ federal legislative priorities.2014 Annual Report: Advocacy to Resolve Concerns Related to CMS and Private Payer Policy on Cerumen Removal (69210)During the past year, the Academy has worked tirelessly on behalf of Members to advocate for changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and private payer policies related to the payment of cerumen removal even when billed unilaterally.2014 Annual Report: Academy Advocates and CMS Clarifies Hearing Aid Exclusion in Final DMEPOS RuleIn July 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule focusing on the 2015 Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS) fee schedule.2014 Annual Report: SGR Repeal Advocacy: Success, Failure, and the Need for a Crystal BallEfforts to repeal the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) physician payment formula are like a broken record. They go round and round, and yet somehow fail to advance to the next track.2014 Annual Report: Message from LeadershipThe theme of “Transforming, Thriving, Together” set the tone of the 2014 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO℠ in Orlando, Florida. This description vividly illustrates the trajectory of accomplishments, energy, and unity that characterized this past year for the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery.