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May 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 04
AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSMExperience value
When you arrive in San Diego for the 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO, you’ll experience a meeting like no other—a meeting focused solely on bringing you robust education, networking, and most of all VALUE!
Registration for this year’s AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM in one of our favorite locations, San Diego, opened May 2. I encourage you to take advantage of the early registration discounts for what promises to be an exceptional meeting.
James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO
San Diego memories
It is an exciting time as the Foundation gears up for the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM. Although the San Diego, CA, location was decided years ago, this meeting is one that has special meaning for me as you will understand soon. The Foundation anticipates a healthy showing of physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and industry attendees to pour into San Diego this September.
Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD AAO-HNS/F Past President
Reg-ent℠ Milestones: CMS grants Qualified Clinical Data Registry designation
The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and its Foundation are pleased to announce that its clinical data registry, RegentSM, has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States, and one of the easiest to enjoy. It is a vibrant city with breathing room. San Diego’s largest employer’s “fluid” workforce, the U.S. Navy, keeps some of its residents out of town.
OTO Experience displays the future of the specialty
When you walk through the doors of the OTO Experience, you embark on an experiential learning journey like no other. Start with seeing and touching the most innovative surgical equipment and then take part in hands-on and simulation activities to improve your skills.
Annual Meeting committee meetings
Open to all AAO-HNS Members, committee meetings are listed alphabetically. Dates and times are subject to change. Please refer to the online schedule at www.entnet.org/annual_meeting or the mobile app for the latest listings.
Legends of Otolaryngology
The AAO-HNSF Legends of Otolaryngology is a new initiative beginning this fall. The Legends of Otolaryngology is a fundraising program that will honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. Our first Legend is M. Eugene Tardy, Jr., MD.
NEW! Get your badge onsite
In an effort to cut down on paper and continue encouraging sustainable practices, the attendee meeting badges will not be mailed this year. All registered attendees will receive an email badge confirmation with a barcode that they can bring onsite to the registration kiosks to scan in order to print their badge.
More new and value-added events and activities
The 120th Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM has several new and stimulating activities planned for 2016.
Hot topics for 2016
With such an extensive education program, we have learned that it is easier to navigate when it’s categorized by specialty track. Here are the 2016 tracks.
Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM offers more value for Members
In last month’s issue of Bulletin, we introduced our new membership campaign, Value 4U. Through our many programs and resources, we help Members achieve excellence and provide the best ear, nose, and throat care and navigate the unknowns in the current healthcare system.
PRACTICE PROFILEMidwest ENT Centre
Midwest ENT Centre is a single-specialty group of six physician Members of the Academy, located in St. Peters, MO. An “oto family” connection ties three of the practice’s physicians: J. Michael Conoyer, MD, is the father of J. Matthew Conoyer, MD, and Benjamin M. Conoyer, MD.
Academy submits comments on episode groups to CMS
As part of an ongoing effort to represent Members in the quickly changing healthcare payment landscape, on March 1, 2016, the Academy submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the Request for Information (RFI) on Episode Groups.
Board approves 10 Position Statements
Position Statements are used to designate a statement, policy, or declaration of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) on a particular topic or set of topics.
Heed those EHR alerts: EHRs now a factor in malpractice suits
Patient harm caused at least in part by the use of electronic health records (EHRs) has now emerged in medical malpractice claims, according to a recent closed claims study by The Doctors Company. And alert fatigue—ignoring,overriding, or disabling EHR alerts because they are so frequent they become disruptive and annoying—has emerged as a top risk.
Academy updates CPT for ENT articles
As part of a process to continue to provide the most up-to-date resources for our membership, Academy CPT experts have begun to reevaluate and update the Academy’s list of CPT for ENT articles. CPT for ENT articles are a collaborative effort among the Academy’s team of CPT Advisors, Members of the Physician Payment Policy (3P) Workgroup, and health policy staff.
Advocacy acronyms and committees
Below are key committees and acronyms you need to know to be an effective advocate for the specialty.
Cleft lip, palate repair in PeruExpanded from the print edition
For once I got excited while checking my email. I had received an AAO-HNSF humanitarian award to send me to Peru on a cleft lip and palate mission trip. The grant money would help subsidize my travel expenses for the trip. I was so excited.
BOARD OF GOVERNORS BOG sessions add to a rewarding Annual Meeting
With signs of spring appearing in some parts, it is time to start thinking about the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM, September 18-21, in San Diego, CA.