www.entnet.orgCurrent IssueArchivesAnnual MeetingAdvertise with the BulletinENTConnectFebruary 2018 – Vol. 37, No. 1Kids ENT Health Month: Awareness of the dangers of button battery ingestion in childrenOver the last few decades, there has been a notable increase in electronics, toys, watches, greeting cards, and other devices powered by button batteries. These seemingly innocuous objects can be found in nearly all households. During the same time period, there has been a dramatic rise in the prevalence of button battery injuries, the overwhelming majority occurring in children.Leading EdgeStrategic planning to maximize value 4UI am pleased to report that in December 2017, the Academy concluded a successful, invigorating, and effective strategic planning process. The session enabled the organization to make necessary adjustments to ensure that AAO-HNS/F remains a leader in providing you, our members, everything necessary to facilitate your ability to care for patients with ear, nose, throat, head, and neck problems, now and into the future.Gavin Setzen, MD, AAO-HNS/F Past President2018: Our focus nowAs systemic changes progress, we are putting the finishing touches on the strategic plan and principles that will guide us through the upcoming uncertainty.James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEOBoard of Governors – All for one and one for allThe debate over state versus federal rights, which consumed a great deal of Alexander Hamilton’s writings, continues some 230 years later, and we see it touch the many aspects of healthcare delivery as well.The State OTO Society RoundtableThe AAO-HNS Board of Governors (BOG) hosts the second annual state otolaryngology societies meeting held in conjunction with the AAO-HNS/F 2018 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting, March 9-12.Surgical mission in Cusco, Peru’s good outcomeFrom July 28 to August 6, 2017, I traveled to Cusco, Peru, to participate in a week-long surgical mission at the EsSalud Hospital sponsored by Medical Missions for Children (MMFC).2018 Nikhil J. Bhatt, MD International Public Service and Humanitarian Awards: Call for nomineesThe AAO-HNS Foundation supports otolaryngologists around the world who demonstrate a unique commitment to the specialty as part of our continued effort to foster a global otolaryngology community.International Advisory Board: Strengthening the global otolaryngology communityThe American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) has an important responsibility to reach out internationally to improve the quality of otolaryngology practice, including in less-privileged countries.Call for IAB Chair nomineesThe IAB Chair is the head of the IAB, presiding over meetings of the IAB General Assembly and serving as a leader and “voice” of the global otolaryngology community.What did the doctor say?Many medical agencies and journals have published in recent years on the topic of health literacy and culturally appropriate patient/doctor communications.2018 Jerome C. Goldstein, MD Public Service Award: Call for nomineesThe Jerome C. Goldstein, MD Public Service Award is given annually to recognize an outstanding member for commitment and achievement in service within the United States, either to the public or to other organizations, when such service promises to improve patient welfare.2018 ENT for the PA-C conferenceThe 2018 ENT for the PA-C conference will take place April 25-29, at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.Leaders of the PACThe ENT PAC Board of Advisors thanks our Leadership Club Investors for their generous support to ensure the specialty has a powerful voice on Capitol Hill.Top 100 ENT services for 2018The AAO-HNS has prepared resources outlining the 100 most frequently reported Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes by providers with subspecialty designation “4-Otolaryngology” within the Medicare enrollment database.MIPS for ENTs: What’s new in the quality payment program year 2?Download the QPP FactSheet (PDF)Understanding 2018 CPT changes to FESS and BSD codesThe 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) contains significant changes to the Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) and Ostial Sinus Dilation (BSD) family of codes.Reg-ent℠ value beyond MIPS: Why participate?The Reg-ent registry allows otolaryngologists in the practice setting to benchmark their patient outcomes, professional performance, and care processes against other otolaryngologists across the country.New Clinical Consensus Statement on Balloon Dilation of the SinusesThe AAO-HNSF’s Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery journal recently published the Clinical Consensus Statement (CCS) on Balloon Dilation of the Sinuses (BDS) that was previewed at our Annual Meeting in Chicago last year.