www.entnet.orgCurrent IssueArchivesAnnual MeetingAdvertise with the BulletinENTConnectMarch 2018 – Vol. 37, No. 2Clinical Practice Guideline: Updates to improve quality of care for patients with DysphoniaDysphonia affects nearly one-third of the population at some point in their lives. The primary purpose of the Clinical Practice Guideline Hoarseness (Dysphonia) (Update) is to improve the quality of care for patients with dysphonia, based on current best evidence.Leading EdgeBe a “difference maker”Every month seems to begin and end with both new and recycled aggravations and impediments to practicing the type of medicine we envisioned when we entered the profession.James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEOCommunication—Be the voice for positive change!We live in uncertain times in this changing healthcare environment, devoid of any clearly defined direction at the federal level and with little clarity in terms of any transformational national health policy moving forward.Gavin Setzen, MD, AAO-HNS/F Past PresidentAAO-HNS Humanitarian grantees: Two grantees in western KenyaAs a product of many years of Jesuit education, I (Katherine) have been encouraged to live the Jesuit motto of being “women and men for others” by sharing my time, talents, and resources to positively affect those around me, especially those less fortunate than I.AAO-HNS advocates on Anthem’s Modifier 25 policyAs many AAO-HNS members are aware, in the fall of 2017, Anthem announced its plans to reimburse Evaluation and Management (E/M) services at a 50 percent rate when a significant, separately identifiable E/M service (appended with the 25 modifier) and surgery/diagnostic procedural services are performed on the same day.Crowdsourcing knowledge: Learning from the Patient Safety Event Reporting ToolWe all have a wealth of experiences that guide our individual medical wisdom and decision-making process. How much more could our collective wisdom help us all troubleshoot and improve processes in our individual practice environments? There is much to be learned from our combined experiences.Don’t delay! Deadline approaching for 2018 international grants and scholarshipsAre you an international otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon, under 40 years old, and in a junior full-time teaching position? You may be eligible for an International Visiting Scholarship (IVS)Hearing the future: Congress recognizes World Hearing Day 2018The AAO-HNS has joined others in the hearing health community to support a Congressional Resolution introduced by U.S. Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and David McKinley (R-WV), co-chairs of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus. The Resolution designates March 3, 2018, as World Hearing Day.Save the date: Alumni reception at the AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO ExperienceThe AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience, October 7-10 in Atlanta, GA, is the perfect place to reconnect with colleagues from your alma mater.New features at the AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO ExperienceThe AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is the premier education and networking event for the otolaryngology–head and neck surgery community. More than 5,000 of the brightest and most talented medical experts from around the globe will convene October 7-10, in Atlanta, GA.Board of Governors: What is the big deal with “big data?”Medicine is going through growing pains. Physicians are encumbered by a growing burden of compulsory administrative and clinical tasks, many in the name of gathering huge volumes of data intended to help guide how medicine is practiced in the future.AAO-HNS to participate in FDA workshop on sleep devicesOn April 16, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will convene a public workshop at its Silver Spring, MD, campus regarding the regulation of medical devices for sleep disordered breathing (SDB). The FDA’s goal for the workshop is to expedite innovation and patient access to sleep apnea devices.Q&A: Voice Committee on the theme and responding to common questionsTo recognize World Voice Day on April 16, the Voice Committee developed the theme, “Make a Choice, Cherish Your Voice.” Committee members offer responses to patients’ common questions on just how to care for and respect one of our most used relationship tools: our voice.Make a choice, cherish your voiceFrom the moment we wake up in the morning to the second we fall asleep, we all make tens of thousands of choices. Simple decisions are made, such as what to wear based on the weather, expected activities of the day, and the status of laundry.Otolaryngologists help celebrate Sleep Awareness WeekOtolaryngologists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat sleep disordered breathing. While other health professionals are often involved in the management of these disorders, no other professionals have such comprehensive expertise and ability to offer the breadth of treatment options to improve patient lives that we do.