www.entnet.orgCurrent IssueArchivesAnnual MeetingAdvertise with the BulletinENTConnectApril 2018 – Vol. 37, No. 3We are one: Otolaryngology united for ENT patient careAs the Academy and Foundation move forward as contemporary organizations under the guidance of our updated Strategic Plan and vision for the future, it is only fitting that we update our theme and professional logo.Leading Edge“We are one”This year, the Academy has selected “We Are One” as our Annual Meeting & OTO Experience theme and new organizational brand. This is who we are and what we represent across all areas of our membership.James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEOLeadership, mentorship, and resilienceWe are entering another election cycle at AAO-HNS, and it is gratifying and reassuring to reflect on the well-qualified slate of candidates for leadership positions in our Academy.Gavin Setzen, MD, AAO-HNS/F Past PresidentIn Memoriam: Bobby R. Alford, MDLawrence M. Simon, MD Few physicians have had a larger impact on our specialty than Bobby R. Alford, MD, who recently passed after a legendary 56-year career. For me, he will always be “my Chairman,” and it is with honor that I attempt to capture what he meant to countless otolaryngologists.Legislative highlights from the AAO-HNS/F 2018 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring MeetingThis year’s agenda for the Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting (March 9-12) featured many advocacy-related speakers and topics.Cochlear implantation: Who is a candidate in 2018?The World Health Organization identified hearing loss as one of the most common causes of disability and the third leading cause of years lived with disability, affecting nearly 30 million Americans.Candidate StatementsThis month’s Bulletin highlights the exceptional work of the Nominating Committee, chaired by Gregory W. Randolph, MD, in selecting the group of outstanding candidates for office that you will see in the subsequent pages. The Boards of Directors have just approved a new Strategic Plan that will guide us over the next three to five years, as well as the new theme and logo seen on our cover this month.Annual Meeting International Guests of Honor Series: Ear, Nose and Throat Society of South AfricaAs President of the AAO-HNS/F, it is my great honor and privilege to welcome the delegation from the Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Society of South Africa to the AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Atlanta, GA, in October.The AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience is coming!Mark your calendars now for the preeminent global meeting devoted to sharing new advances in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, October 7-10, 2018, in the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Registration opens next month in May.Advocacy win: Anthem rescinds Modifier 25 policyIn the fall of 2017, Anthem announced its plan 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 service were performed on the same day.Community service activity at the AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience—Making global impacts a realityWith an emphasis on improving the quality of life of people, communities, and healthcare facilities and hospitals in low-resource areas around the globe, the AAO-HNSF is proud to be partnering with MedShare, a 501c(3) humanitarian aid organization.Call for action: Setting the pace for humanitarian effortsIt was the first time they met, but the room was filled with mutual admiration and respect as Eugene N. Myers, MD, and Vlora Çitaku, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo, sat down together to discuss Dr. Myers’ efforts to supply medical equipment to the ENT Head and Neck Clinic at the University Clinical Center of Kosovo in Pristina, the capital city.Humanitarian service: Sustainable hearing screening pilot in KenyaAsitha Jayawardena, MD, MPH, and Charissa N. Kahue, MD, traveled to Malindi, Kenya, in October 2017 with the support of the Academy Humanitarian Travel Grant with Jim Netterville, MD, and his More than Medicine annual head and neck mission trip based out of the Tawfiq Muslim Hospital.Academy Advantage Premium Partner: The Doctors Company | Doctors examine injury risks with malpractice closed claimsTaking a close look at research into real-life malpractice claims and incorporating some of the findings into their practices is one way physicians are reducing risks of adverse events.Member resource: AAO-HNS releases two new Position StatementsPosition Statements are used to designate a statement, policy, or declaration of the AAO-HNS/F on a particular topic or set of topics. Two new Position Statements recently were approved for use in state and federal advocacy efforts, or to clarify the AAO-HNS/F approval or disapproval of certain practices in medicine.Practice profile: Raise your handKathleen L. Yaremchuk, MD, MSA, is the Chair of the Henry Ford Hospital’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, a personal accomplishment for her. She talked with Bulletin staff regarding gender disparity in opportunities for leadership roles across the country and academic settings.ABOto announces new executive directorThe Board of Directors of the American Board of Otolaryngology (ABOto) is pleased to announce that Brian Nussenbaum, MD, has assumed the role of Executive Director effective January 1, 2018.Board of Governors: “I wish somebody would have told me … someday, these will be the good old days”I might be the first Board of Governors (BOG) Executive Committee member to quote a rap artist in a Bulletin post, but these lyrics from the Macklemore/Kesha song capture my thoughts perfectly. The song is a nostalgic recollection of the artists’ memories and a wish that someone could have reminded them to enjoy “the magic of the good old days” as it was happening.