www.entnet.orgCurrent IssueArchivesAnnual MeetingAdvertise with the BulletinENTConnectOctober 2016 - Vol. 35, No. 9Reg-ent℠ is growingJoin the first ENT Clinical Data Registry and be ready for 2017 MIPS reportingLeading EdgeCommitment and collaborationEven the most casual observer who attended our meeting in San Diego would recognize the massive amount of work that goes into staging our Annual Meeting. The teamwork between our staff and otolaryngologists worldwide and spectrum of practice situations is truly amazing.James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEOThe Academy is our callingAs a third-year Cornell Medical College student I had a basic science research background and strong clinical interest in reproductive endocrinology. It was then I took my otolaryngology-head and neck surgery rotation and met Roy Sessions, MD, then the sole otolaryngologist on the renowned head and neck surgical service of Memorial Sloan Kettering.Gregory W. Randolph MD, AAO-HNS/F Past PresidentWhat Are Snoring And Sleep ApneaForty-five percent of normal adults snore at least occasionally and 25 percent are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight people and usually worsens with age. Snoring may be an indication of obstructed breathing and should not be taken lightly.What Is Post-Nasal DripGlands in your nose and throat continually produce mucus (one to two quarts a day). Mucus moistens and cleans the nasal membranes, humidifies air, traps and clears inhaled foreign matter, and fights infection. Although it is normally swallowed unconsciously, the feeling of it accumulating in the throat or dripping from the back of your nose is called post-nasal drip.Richard Rosenfeld receives G-I-N innovation awardRichard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, was recognized with the Najoua Mlika-Cabanne Innovation Award at the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) Annual Meeting in September.Fact Sheets: Post-SGR Payment Policy: APMsMACRA replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and created the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) program. The proposed start date for the Advanced APM program is January 1, 2017.Fact Sheets: Post-SGR Payment Policy: MIPSMACRA replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and created the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Alternative Payment Model (APM) program.Fact Sheets: MIPS and APMsMACRA replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and created the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) program. The proposed start date for the two new payment programs is January 1, 2017.Fact Sheets: Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and eligible Alternative Payment Models (APMs)The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) repealed the SGR and created two new payment update tracks: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs).Academy, Anthem revise SPECT/CT fusion imaging policyThanks to Academy physician leaders’ comments and clinical recommendations, Anthem revised the Anthem Medical Policy for Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography/Computed Tomography (SPECT/CT) Fusion Imaging.Academy comments on 2017 Medicare Physician Fee ScheduleOn July 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the proposed Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS) for calendar year (CY) 2017. In addition to payment policy and payment rate updates, the MPFS addresses a number of issues affecting otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons.Required Submission: Answering a ‘Call for Papers,’ applying for a grant, or engaging in committee work?All Scientific Oral Presentations at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting and all manuscripts resulting from Academy or Foundation-sponsored research or committee work must be submitted as full-length articles to Otolaryngology–Head Neck Surgery, the official journal of the AAO-HNSF, for right of first refusal.Committees and 3P Workgroup approve nine Position StatementsAt the September Board of Directors Meeting, nine Position Statements (three of which were new) were approved for use in state and federal regulatory or advocacy efforts, or to clarify the AAO-HNS/F approval or disapproval of certain practices in medicine.AAO-HNSF establishes two international awardsThanks to the generosity of Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD, the AAO-HNSF has established the AAO-HNSF Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Humanitarian Award and the International Public Service Award. These awards were announced during the AAO-HNS/F Boards of Directors’ luncheon, September 17.Revamping hearing health in BarbadosHere in the United States, universal newborn hearing screening has become so prevalent and successful that we nearly take it for granted that children with hearing loss will be identified and treated. For the few children who slip through the cracks, the consequences are substantial and the feelings of failure are real.Board of Governors: Be an advocate for changeThe joy of patient care is hopefully something that you experience on a regular basis. As practitioners, it is easy to get caught up in the alphabet soup—MIPS, MACRA, ACA, EHR. But, the real reason that most of us chose this path is the patients.