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July 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 6
RESEARCH AND QUALITYGrowing to meet your needs
The changes to physician reimbursement with the dissolution of the SGR and institution of the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and its Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), not only have impacted our health policy work at the Academy but have had a profound effect on the focus and strategic work plan of the entire Research, Quality, and Health Policy strategy.
The growing season
Research and quality-related activities are a high priority and will be even more critical for our Members and their patients in the upcoming years. A significant portion of our budget is dedicated to basic and clinical research as well as quality-related projects.
James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO
Leadership is one of those popular buzzwords these days. When most of us applied to medical school and residency, we were thinking about the medical and surgical work at hand and not really about becoming leaders.
Sujana S. Chandrasekhar, MD AAO-HNS/F Past President
Defining quality for the specialty
As announced previously, the AAO-HNSF’s otolaryngology-specific clinical data registry, RegentSM, has been approved as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Regent is a Member-only benefit and is the first and only such registry in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery.
Guidelines and consensus statements: A foundation for Quality
The AAO-HNSF Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) and Clinical Consensus Statement (CCS) program continues to thrive. We’ve completed several five-year CPG updates, created several new products, released the eagerly anticipated CCS manual, and welcomed a few new methodologists.
Guiding the specialty
The Centralized Otolaryngology Research Efforts (CORE) grants program plays a critical role in advancing the field of otolaryngology by providing support to research projects, research training, and career development.
JOHN CONLEY, MD LECTURE ON MEDICAL ETHICS
Applying Dr. Conley’s Ethical Standards to The Practice of Contemporary Otolaryngology G. Richard Holt, MD, MPH, and panelists Susan D. McCammon, MD; Kevin Christopher McMains, MD; and Howard W. Francis, MD
EUGENE N. MYERS, MD INTERNATIONAL LECTURE ON HEAD AND NECK CANCER
The Changing Role of the Surgeon: Leading the Transformation of Healthcare Jonathan Irish, MD, MSC, FRCSC
LEGENDS IN OTOLARYNGOLOGY LECTURE
The Medical Aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
AAO-HNSF/INTERNATIONAL HEARING FOUNDATION/ MICHAEL M. PAPARELLA, MD ENDOWED LECTURE FOR DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS IN CLINICAL OTOLOGY
Human Otopathology: Renaissance or Return to the Dark Ages Michael J. McKenna, MD
H. Bryan Neel III, MD, PHD Distinguished Research Lecture
NIDCR: Advancing Health Through Research and Innovation
Information for patients
In 2012 the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation launched Choosing Wisely® with a goal of advancing a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments, and procedures.
AAO-HNSF Historical Library opens
The unveiling of the new AAO-HNSF Historical Library occurred on Saturday, March 19, 2016, during the Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting.
Thanks to State Trackers
With most state legislatures adjourned for the year, the AAO-HNS sincerely thanks its State Trackers who helped make 2016 another successful year. Despite their full workloads and family obligations, these physician-leaders took action and volunteered their time to closely monitor and report on legislative activity in their statehouses.
Mission to Ecuador repairs facial burns, cleft lips, and palates
I doubt my reasons for participating in a humanitarian mission were unique: satisfaction in helping others, love of travel, the interesting pathology, learning new viewpoints and techniques. Nonetheless I traveled to Bahia de Caraquez in coastal Ecuador for a week to perform cleft lip and palate repairs. Once you arrive, it doesn’t matter why you came but rather that you’re there, ready to work.
Women in Otolaryngology Section: Ten complete inaugural Leadership Course
On a February 2016 evening video conference call, a group of 10 diverse female otolaryngologists completed the first Women in Otolaryngology (WIO) Section Leadership Course.
Addressing private payer denials
The Health Policy Team collaborates with the Academy’s Physician Payment Policy Workgroup (3P) to address and monitor national practice management issues and private payer denials. Nevertheless, there are challenges at the state/local level that require a more focused approach.
Academy imaging advocacy update
In May 2016, Academy leaders held a call with leaders from the Society of University Otolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons (SUO), Association of Academic Departments of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AADO), and Otolaryngology Program Directors Organization (OPDO) to discuss residency imaging education in response to payer concerns that non-radiology specialists, including otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons, are performing imaging services without the proper training.
Be a BOG All-Star Advocate
Ah, summer! There is everything to love about summer: warm weather, long days, vacations, and baseball. This month, top-notch major league baseball players will convene for the mid-season All-Star game in beautiful San Diego, CA. So what does it mean to be an “all-star?” Simply, it means to be the best.