www.entnet.orgCurrent IssueArchivesAnnual MeetingAdvertise with the BulletinENTConnectNovember 2017 – Vol. 36, No. 10ENTConnect: Crowdsourced problem-solving, a real member benefitENTConnect, the Academy’s member-only social networking site, provides you the opportunity to join other physicians worldwide, collaborate with colleagues, and stay up-to-date with what’s new and exciting in the Academy, and within the specialty.Leading EdgeThe path to healthcare reformLast month, I raised the premise that meaningful healthcare reform could not be accomplished without the participation and cooperation of all participants in the debate.James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEOYour membership and value expectationsDo you value your membership in the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) as much as I do? The clinical practice of medicine has become enormously complicated, and we live in an era of constant flux in the provision of healthcare—especially as it relates to regulatory requirements, socioeconomic and reimbursement challenges, and a plethora of other interjected patient care paradigm burdens.Gavin Setzen, MD, AAO-HNS/F Past PresidentValue 4UAAO-HNS offers value-added benefits and enhanced resources that help you achieve excellence and provide the best ear, nose, and throat care to your patients.Call for 2018 AAO-HNS candidatesThe Nominating Committee of the Academy is calling for recommendations of individuals to be considered for an AAO-HNS elective office.Committee rostersView the Committee rostersAnnual Meeting highlightsThe AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience offered an array of new and well-regarded opportunities to join colleagues in the premier education and specialty event of the year.CY 2018 Medicare physician fee schedule (MPFS): What does it mean for you?On July 13, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the proposed rule for payments in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for calendar year (CY) 2018.New bundled sinus codes don’t account for additional resourcesOn September 6, the AAO-HNS submitted comments on the CY 2018 Medicare Program: Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs proposed rule. The main issue that could impact AAO-HNS members is the proposed payment for new bundled sinus codes in the ASC.Clinical Consensus Statement: BDS updateIn keeping with the AAO-HNSF’s longstanding tradition of evidence-based reviews to aid physicians in providing safe and efficacious care for their patients, a Clinical Consensus Statement: Balloon Dilation of the Sinuses (BDS) was previewed at our recent Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL.Defining Quality in Otolaryngology with New MeasuresThe American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) is dedicated to the development and implementation of clinically valid performance measures, which contribute to success in quality of care for otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons.Academy receives Best Mobile App awardWe are pleased to share the great news that the Academy was awarded “Best Mobile App 2016” for the AAO-HNSF 2016 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience at the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards & Summit presentation on September 28, 2017.Academy, 3P Workgroup collaborate to review 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.2018 Quality Payment Program (QPP) proposed ruleOn June 20, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2018 proposed rule for the second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP).CMS listened!The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) decided not to finalize their proposal to require all Medicare advanced diagnostic imaging final accreditation survey reports as well as acceptable plans of correction (POC) in the Fiscal Year 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (IPPS) Prospective Payment System Final Rule.2018 Committee Application Opened November 1Want to get more involved with your Academy? Apply to become a committee member!Board of Governors: If not you, then who? If not now, then when?I have to chuckle a little as I write this with my wife beside me, accusing me of having said “yes” to one more thing.Roger D. Cole, MD, MA, named Chair-Elect, Ethics CommitteeThe Board of Directors (BOD) appointed Roger D. Cole, MD, MA, to the position of Chair-Elect, Ethics Committee at the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Chicago, IL.Cecelia E. Schmalbach, MD, MSc, named BOD Coordinator-Elect for Research and QualityThe Board of Directors approved Cecelia E. Schmalbach, MD, MSc, as the Coordinator-Elect for Research and Quality.