www.entnet.orgCurrent IssueArchivesAnnual MeetingAdvertise with the BulletinENTConnectDecember 2017/January 2018 – Vol. 36, No. 11AAO-HNS/F 2017 Annual ReportView the AAO-HNS/F 2017 Annual ReportLeading EdgeLooking aheadAround the world, 2017 has been a volatile year politically and socially, particularly in the United States. The anticipated systemic change to the healthcare delivery system never materialized, and both patients and their physicians continue to live in a largely unpredictable ecosphere as they try to provide and receive the care they need.James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEOBuilding on successEvery year, I look forward to this issue of the Bulletin for the annual report. This comprehensive review of the current state of our American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and Foundation identifies meaningful accomplishments resulting from the dedication and commitment of our membership and staff.Gavin Setzen, MD, AAO-HNS/F Past PresidentCMS global surgery data reportingThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to collect data on post-operative care following procedures with 10- and 90-day global periods.Advocacy in action: Relieving the regulatory burdensThere is a renewed effort by federal policymakers to identify “regulatory relief” for physician offices, both on Capitol Hill and by the Administration’s agencies.Promoting DiversityUnder the leadership of President Gavin Setzen, MD, the Executive Committee approved a commitment to promote diversity at the Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, by encouraging submissions that endorse inclusion of minorities and women in sessions and topics relevant to diversity, and that contribute to cultural competence for all members.Answering the call for science with Mark K. Wax, MDAfter the unveiling of new aspects to the AAO-HSNF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, Mark K. Wax, MD, Annual Meeting program coordinator, shared the vision of providing cutting-edge, state-of-the-art education opportunities that fully represent the diversity that makes up the international field of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery.Inaugural IAB General AssemblyThe inaugural meeting of the International Advisory Board (IAB) General Assembly took place at the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Chicago, IL, with participation from 32 International Corresponding Societies (ICS) and representatives from 50 countries.Joint statement on professional self-regulation and continuous certificationThe American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology are strongly committed to the promotion of professionalism and safe, high-quality care through professional self-regulation.The future of the ENT officeThe AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience premiered the Practice of the Future Pavilion, a venue designed to highlight new technologies, equipment, and services that could be found in four rooms of an otolaryngologist’s office or hospital.Impact of federal tax reform effortOn Capitol Hill, Members of Congress are negotiating comprehensive tax reform legislation that may significantly impact AAO-HNS members and their practices.Academy collaborates with Anthem to update balloon medical policyOn November 9, 2017, Anthem released an updated balloon sinus ostial dilation (BSOD) medical policy, defining BSOD as medically necessary (rather than investigational) for treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and recurrent acute rhinosinusitis (RARS) when standard criteria are met.Resident Profile: Nathan C. Grohmann, MDThe journey of every otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon is unique, often grounded in inspired dedication for the life-altering effects the specialty can have on patients and their lives.2018 health policy scholarship openThe American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) offer an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University.In memoriamWe recognize the passing of the following members in 2017 (as of November 18).Leadership Forum & BOG Spring MeetingMake plans to attend the AAO-HNS/F 2018 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting, March 9-12, 2018, in Alexandria, VA. #BOGMTG18Board of Governors: I will not take these things for granted 2018Devastating hurricanes, mass shootings, rampant wildfires. Such tragedies naturally cause one to take pause and reassess priorities.2016-2017 committee highlightsCommittees are the lifeblood of the AAO-HNS/F and a great way for members to contribute meaningfully to the organization and the specialty.