www.entnet.orgCurrent IssueArchivesAnnual MeetingAdvertise with the BulletinENTConnectMay 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 04AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSMExperience valueWhen 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!Leading EdgeSpring overtureRegistration 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/CEOSan Diego memoriesIt 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 PresidentReg-ent℠ Milestones: CMS grants Qualified Clinical Data Registry designationThe 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).Classic CaliforniaSan 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 specialtyWhen 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 meetingsOpen 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 OtolaryngologyThe 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 onsiteIn 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 activitiesThe 120th Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM has several new and stimulating activities planned for 2016.Hot topics for 2016With 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 MembersIn 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 CentreMidwest 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 CMSAs 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 StatementsPosition 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 suitsPatient 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 articlesAs 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 committeesBelow 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 editionFor 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 MeetingWith 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.