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March 2017 - Vol. 36, No. 02
From the AAO-HNS Voice Committee: Share your voice
According to the United States Census Bureau, as of December 30, 2016, the estimated population of the U.S. was more than 300 million, with the world population estimated at over seven billion. These more than seven billion human beings on our planet share their unique voices to creatively express emotion, inspire change, engage in conversation, and foster understanding.
Speaking up for physician well-being
The American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) recently released recommendations related to the 80-hour work week for resident trainees.
James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO
The otolaryngologist as endocrine surgeon
Otolaryngology is an amazingly diverse specialty, extending from medical treatment of allergies to a wide-range of pediatrics, and from otology/neurotology/skull base surgery to head-neck surgery, and now, thyroid and parathyroid endocrine surgery of the neck. One must keep in mind the high prevalence of hyperparathyroidism in our patient population.
Gregory W. Randolph MD, AAO-HNS/F Past President
Health Policy Update morphs into podcast
Over the last few years, the Academy sent regular Health Policy Update emails to all practicing physicians in the United States. These regular HP Updates included all the Academy’s regulatory and socioeconomic advocacy updates and provided Members with timely information and educational resources to keep them up-to-date on issues that affect their practice.
Registration now open for the 2017 ENT for the PA-C Annual CME Conference
This continuing medical education activity is specifically designed for physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and medical professionals working in ENT, or interested in learning more about otolaryngology in primary care, urgent care, pediatric, and emergency room settings.
How to calculate your honor points
Honor points, Honors Awards, and Distinguished Service Awards are all part of the Academy and Foundation’s system of recognizing Members for volunteer activities.
Patient Information | Frequently Asked Questions: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
There are crystals of calcium carbonate that are a normal part of our inner ear and help us with our balance and body motion. These tiny rocklike crystals or “otoconia” (oh-toe-cone-ee-uh) are settled in the center “pouch” of the inner ear. BPPV is caused by the crystals becoming “unglued” from their normal place.
Reaching for the stars to touch lives on earth
The answers to some of our biggest challenges here on Earth may lie in the concepts we cultivate while designing human travel to planets light-years away. That is the vision of the “100 Year Starship Project,” which Mae C. Jemison, MD, the keynote speaker at the 2016 AAO-HNS Annual Meeting and OTO EXPO℠ and principal of the project’s foundation, described in scintillating detail.
My experience at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting
Thanks to the Harry Barnes Endowment Travel Grant, awarded through the Academy’s Diversity Committee, I had the opportunity to attend the 2016 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO.℠ This grant helped offset costs so that I could to travel to San Diego, CA, where I presented my research, mentored medical students as they presented our common research, attended committee meetings, and networked with colleagues.
Clinical Practice Guideline: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (Update)
The primary purpose of the update to the 2008 Clinical Practice Guideline: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is to improve quality of care and outcomes for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) by improving the accurate and efficient diagnosis of BPPV, reducing the inappropriate use of vestibular suppressant medications, decreasing the inappropriate use of ancillary testing such as radiographic imaging, and increasing the use of appropriate therapeutic repositioning maneuvers.
From the OREBM Committee: Publications that may change your practice
In this Bulletin series, the Outcomes Research Evidence-Based Medicine Committee (OREBM) shares highlights from recent key publications in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. We offer concise summaries of significant findings that may alter current surgical practice.
Academy toolkit for MIPS reporting in 2017
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 created the Quality Payment Program (QPP), containing two pathways for participation: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) program.
Academy, Anthem collaborate on new diagnostic fiberoptic flexible laryngoscopy policy
Thanks to Academy physician leaders’ comments and clinical recommendations, Anthem revised clinical coverage indications in their new diagnostic fiberoptic flexible laryngoscopy (FFL) medical policy.
Voice Committee members offer responses to patients’ most common questions on voice care
Featuring questions by Libby J. Smith, MD, with answers by Sid Khosla, MD; Norman D. Hogikyan, MD; Julina Ongkasuwan, MD; Jeanne L. Hatcher, MD; and Reena Gupta, MD
Board of Governors Socioeconomic & Grassroots Committee: Emergency room call survey results
While there has been a significant shift to outpatient locations for much of the scope of otolaryngology, many hospitals and institutions still require provision of emergency services as a requirement of medical staff membership.
Alphabet Soup: Acronyms you need to know
Ever read an article, have a conversation, or watch a news program that includes myriad acronyms that cause a “what does that mean” moment? Get some answers by reviewing the compilation of acronyms below.
Board of Governors: The power of communication
Recently, I was watching a television show set during the reign of Louis XIV of France (1643-1715). King Louis XIV started bleeding and requested his physician. The next scene shows a gentleman at the physician’s home relaying the request and escorting her to the king. In those days, if you wanted to communicate with someone, you had to find that person and relay the message.