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June 2017 – Vol. 36, No. 5
Navigating Change: Regulatory advocacy efforts under the new Administration
Under the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, MD, the Academy has been actively working to address many issues currently confronting practicing otolaryngologist- head and neck surgeons, including prior authorization, reducing the regulatory burden on physicians, 2017 and 2018 MIPS reporting, and Alternative Payment Model (APM) development.
At a time when tweets, chats, and internet stories about everything under the sun are circulating like mosquitoes during summer in the South, the Academy receives requests to immediately sign on or comment on issues relevant to our specialty as well as general societal concerns. It begs the questions: What should we be involved in, and where can people go for reliable information?
James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO
Medice, cura te ipsum
The good physician, the optimally functioning physician, must be well. We are strong people, not superwomen and men, and we need to be kind to ourselves. We must learn this ourselves. We must teach each other, train our residents, and lead our coworkers. We must articulate this to our patients. Medice, cura te ipsum1. Physician, heal thyself.
Gregory W. Randolph MD, AAO-HNS/F Past President
Patient Health Information: Swimmer’s ear
Affecting the outer ear, swimmer’s ear (also called acute otitis externa) is a painful condition resulting from inflammation, irritation, or infection. These symptoms often occur after water gets trapped in your ear, with subsequent spread of bacteria or fungal organisms. Because this condition commonly affects swimmers, it is known as swimmer’s ear.
MIPS for ENTs
This resource provides a non-exhaustive sample of measures for quality, advancing care information, and improvement activities that may apply to otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons reporting under the partial or full reporting period.
Collaboration proves key to successful policy
Last October, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) reached out to the Academy requesting clinical input on their draft Injectable Bulking Agents for Vocal Cord Insufficiency medical policy.
FAQs: Reg-ent℠ MIPS reporting
How will the Reg-ent registry help my practice with the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) 2017 reporting?
MIPS Demystified: Things You May Not Know About MIPS
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will affect nearly every physician in the United States, requiring them to collect and report data on quality of care, practice activities, and technology.
R. Peter Manes, MD, named coordinator for Health Policy
The Board of Directors approved combining the roles of the current coordinator for Socioeconomic Affairs, Jane T. Dillon, MD, MBA, and the coordinator for Practice Affairs, Robert Lorenz, MD, MBA, into one position—coordinator for Health Policy (CHP).
Second feature in the Annual Meeting Guests of Honor Series Chinese Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
The Chinese Society of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery was founded during the First National Otolaryngology Academic Congress in 1952.
Annual Meeting & OTO Experience | Premiering tomorrow, today: 2017 Honorary Guest Lectures
Presented in order of appearance, September 10-13 in Chicago, IL
Practice Profile: Eastern Virginia Medical School Department of Otolaryngology
No matter what area of practice someone chooses—academic or private—Barry Strasnick, MD, offers this advice: “My message to our residents is always the same. Follow your instinct in which setting best fits you personally, and regardless of where that takes you, your commitment to your patients and their medical care must always come first.
Academy Advantage Premier Partner: The Doctor's Company | Taking the ‘mal’ out of malpractice insurance for otolaryngologists
Today, as healthcare delivery continues to undergo unprecedented change, it’s more important than ever for doctors to have a strong, trusted partner that helps you focus on what you do best—delivering care. That’s why The Doctors Company is taking the “mal” out of malpractice insurance.
AAO-HNSF seeks Coordinator for Research and Quality
A search is underway for the coordinator for Research and Quality. This position coordinates the research and quality improvement efforts of the Foundation with particular attention to oversight of research and evidence-based activities that improve care.
Thank you, PROJECT 535 volunteers
PROJECT 535 is a Board of Governors-sponsored initiative that strengthens the Academy’s overall advocacy efforts by working to establish one-to-one relationships with federal elected officials. Successful legislative advocacy starts with a solid grassroots foundation, and this additional layer of constituent-based outreach helps reinforce the Academy’s message when Congress debates issues affecting the specialty.
Proposed fiscal year 2018 combined budget
Budgeting for FY18 represents the collaborative work of both the staff leadership and the members of the FISC to develop a balanced combined AAO-HNS/F budget.
AcademyU®, the Foundation’s professional development program, is designed to improve healthcare provider competence and practice through lifelong learning. Here are a few FAQs to help you navigate AcademyU.org.
Board of Governors: The problem is trust
Several commentaries have been written recently that incriminate our diagnostic and procedural coding systems.
Accepting, understanding, and celebrating diversity
The word “diversity” can describe many groups. We observe and celebrate the diversity in the patients we treat, the staff we employ, and our professional colleagues. Our Academy is also committed to the diversity of our members.