www.entnet.orgCurrent IssueArchivesAnnual MeetingAdvertise with the BulletinENTConnectFebruary 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 01We care for kidsAs we commemorate Kids ENT Health Month, it is important to remember the historic contributions the field of otolaryngology has made in the care of sick children.Leading EdgeWe support youHaving just completed a series of comment letters to various government agencies that took weeks to construct and considerable staff time to adequately address all of the issues currently faced by our Members, it drove home the point that the extreme complexity woven into the delivery system is taking away the “joy of practicing medicine” from physicians across the house of medicine.James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEOSpecialization or fragmentation? Expanded from the print editionWho are we as otolaryngologists? We are physicians (MDs and DOs) trained to take care of medical and surgical problems of the ear, nose, throat, head, and neck. The American Board of Otolaryngology’s (ABOto) primary certificate qualifies us to practice “otolaryngology including general otolaryngology, otology, facial plastic surgery, head and neck surgery, and pediatric otolaryngology.”Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD AAO-HNS/F Past PresidentA Member ‘explores’ making Voice Day 2016 personalThis year’s World Voice Day theme suggests a personal look at what ‘resonates’ with us, and this search can bring us together for discussion on how we observe the day.2016 payment updatesThe Academy works closely with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to maintain our visibility and credibility with the Agency by submitting comments every year on proposed and final federal regulatory policies that impact otolaryngology-head and neck surgeons. The Academy’s role is to advocate on behalf of Members and provide resources to educate Members on current and future national payment policies.Kids ENT Health MonthKids ENT Health Month is important as it helps raise awareness about common problems that children encounter in the ear, nose and throat,” explained David R. White, MD, chair of the AAO-HNS Pediatric Otolaryngology Committee.Patient information on treating and managing ear fluidDownload a PDF with information for patients on treating and managing ear fluid.Updated Clinical Practice Guideline: Otitis Media with EffusionNew evidence, systematic reviews, randomized control trials, and an evolved methodology that includes consumers necessitated an update to “Clinical Practice Guideline: Otitis Media with Effusion,” released this month as a supplement to Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.Academy response to Arches Natural Products, Inc.The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) is pleased to respond to your open letter.Smile restoration in Santa Marta, ColombiaAccording to the Ministry of Health, one in 500 to one in 1,000 children in Colombia are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate (Colombia Ministry of Health, 2000). However, to the mother who delivers a child with this ailment, statistics are meaningless.Leaders of the PACThe ENT PAC Board of Advisors thanks our Leadership Club Investors for their generous support to ensure the specialty has a powerful voice on Capitol Hill. With your support, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery is ensured a seat at the table on issues impacting our profession, our practices, and our patients.New Expert Series, courses join AcademyU® lineupThe Foundation has just published a new and exciting education resource. It is called the Annual Meeting Expert Series. This series of online courses can be accessed through www.academyu.org.Meaningful Use changes in 2016?According to Andy Slavitt, acting administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the physician community can expect major changes to Meaningful Use (MU) in 2016.Mentorship: reflections from both sidesThe Young Physician Section (YPS) of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery represents the needs of otolaryngologists under 40 years old or in their first eight years in practice.Board of Governors: Centered leadershipWe all went into medicine to make a difference in the world. We hope that you will join us at the AAO-HNS/F 2016 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting to do just that. This year’s meeting will be full of exciting topics, which are focused on diversity, advocacy, and leadership.Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting: the place to be in MarchThe AAO-HNS/F 2016 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting is a weekend of leadership discussions, Board of Governors (BOG) meetings, informative speakers, coding workshops, advocacy updates, and mentoring/networking opportunities. This meeting is one of many AAO-HNS benefits, allowing Members the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer interaction and network with eminent leaders. The event is free for AAO-HNS Members who are otolaryngology practitioners, although registration is required.