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December 2018/January 2019 - Vol. 37, No. 11
AAO-HNS/F 2018 Annual Report
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Renewal and optimism
Our Annual Meeting and OTO Experience always leaves me with a sense of renewal and optimism after observing the productive interaction and energy generated across the diverse makeup of our attendees and members. This year’s meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, was no exception. The networking among the residents, fellows, and young physicians from around the world at education and social events bodes well for the future of our specialty on a global basis.
James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO
What do we do with the spark?
For each of us there was a spark: a memorable patient, a role model, or a personal/family story related to otolaryngology that launched our interest and passion for our specialty. For me this spark was an anatomical oddity, plain and simple. But even with a spark, it took a willing teacher and a supportive resident to fuel and direct my burgeoning interest.
Albert L. Merati, MD AAO-HNS/F Past President
Have a voice in the medical literature: Become a journal peer reviewer
The AAO-HNSF journals receive applications every month from individuals who want to become peer reviewers, and for good reason. Reviewing keeps you abreast of the latest medical literature, can provide CME credit, and is often the first step toward more senior journal positions, including editorial board member and associate editor.
2017-2018 Committee Highlights
Committees are the lifeblood of the AAO-HNS/F and a great way for members to contribute meaningfully to the organization and the specialty.
2018 Member Survey Highlights
A snapshot of the membership, its views, and engagement with the AAO-HNS/F.
We recognize the passing of the following members in 2018 (as of November 18).
Advocacy in Action: CMS heeds AAO-HNS concerns on 2019 Physician Fee Schedule
On November 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule for the CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule/Quality Payment Program after reviewing more than 15,000 stakeholder comments submitted on this summer’s proposed rule.
Taking ENT PAC to the MAX
For the past two years, I have served as Chair of the ENT PAC Board of Advisors, and I have been privileged to see what incredible rewards for our specialty are reaped from the generous contributions of our members. A recent experience during the AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience furthered my respect, and admiration, for our membership.
New faces on Capitol Hill, but same partisan obstacles
When the 116th Congress convenes on January 3, 2019, Capitol Hill will look a little different. The balance of power has shifted slightly as the Democratic Party will have a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, while the Republican Party maintained and expanded its majority in the U.S. Senate.
Looking ahead: State advocacy in 2019
Just as real estate agents say housing depends on “location, location, location,” your state of residence dictates the laws and regulations governing your practice of medicine. And, importantly, these laws and regulations vary from state to state. However, legislative trends, emanating from bellwether states (such as CA, FL, and NY), are often considered by other states and brought before their legislature for adoption.
2019 health policy scholarship open
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) are offering an annual scholarship to subsidize attendance and participation in the Executive Leadership Program in Health Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting
Make plans to attend the AAO-HNS/F 2019 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting, April 26-28, in Alexandria, VA. #BOGMTG19