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March 2021 – Vol. 40, No. 2
When Should Adults with Bilateral Hearing Loss Be Referred for Cochlear Implantation?
Over the past several decades, cochlear implantation (CI) has become a well-established treatment modality for adults with moderate-to-profound sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) and who have experienced limited benefit from hearing aids.
Why the Academy Needs to Know Where the Goalposts Are
We are on a journey to update our strategic plan for the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. In many respects, this process is about setting goals to build our collective future together.
Carol R. Bradford, MD, MS, AAO-HNS/F President
Professionalism and Well-being
Professionalism has been one of the pillars at the heart of the practice of medicine for centuries.
James C. Denneny III, MD, AAO-HNS/F EVP/CEO
Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss: What Causes It and What to Do Next?
This invited article presents a brief synopsis of the AAO-HNSF 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & OTO Experience Panel Presentation, “Pediatric Sensorineural Hearing Loss: What Causes It and What to Do Next?”
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Changing the Approach to Global Surgery
As the COVID-19 pandemic arose in the spring of 2020, many surgical humanitarian organizations were forced to cancel trips that had been scheduled for months or even years.
From the Education Committees: Otologic and Hearing Issues in the Era of Telehealth and Evolving Online Retail
Prior to 2020, telemedicine in otolaryngology was primarily limited to patients living in remote areas with limited access to specialists for two major reasons.
Out of Committee: Outcomes Research and Evidence-Based Medicine | Absorbable Steroid-Eluting Sinus Implants: What We Do and Don’t Know
In this segment, our committee shares highlights from the growing amount of key literature on these implants.
Out of Committee: Patient Safety and Quality Improvement | Fostering Wellness through Intentionality and Community
During this pandemic, the stress fractures in our lives, which occasionally caused pain but were often ignored, might now have broken, leaving us to try to pick up the pieces.
Wellness Is Great, but Lifestyle Is Better
Wellness is one of the four key pillars of the Academy’s 125th anniversary giving campaign, 125 Strong Campaign, acknowledging how incessant demands on time and attention can lead to emotional and spiritual drain.
Tech Talk: 5G – The Next Generation of Cellular Service
There is a lot of buzz about 5G, the next generation of cellular service. Carriers tout mobile speeds equivalent to Wi-Fi. The Internet-of-Things, including smart highways and driverless cars, will finally become a reality.
Crafting a Successful Annual Meeting Program Submission
With the review process fresh in mind, I’ve asked several AMPC leaders to share their advice on crafting a high-quality and competitive submission.
AAO-HNS Announces Official Slate of Candidates for the 2021 Annual Election
Look for the candidate statements in the April issue of the Bulletin to learn more about each candidate prior to the opening of voting in May.
New Administration. New Healthcare Priorities. AAO-HNS Focuses on Advocacy
With the change in Administration and Congress, this one-day session will focus on the new priorities and what they mean to otolaryngologists.
Section Spotlight: Board of Governors | Impact and Nuances of the 2021 E/M Coding Changes
This year one of the most significant impacts to U.S. physician practices includes not just the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but also the changes in evaluation and management (E/M) documentation and payment for office and outpatient services.
Spotlight: Humanitarian Efforts | Peter J. Koltai, MD
The AAO-HNSF International Affairs Program is pleased to spotlight the humanitarian efforts of Peter J. Koltai, MD, for his work with Harare Children’s Hospital, Ear Camps, and PENTAFRICA.
Pearls from your Peers: Emergency Preparedness in Otolaryngology
Dr. Han-Soo Bae is a comprehensive otolaryngologist at Monroe Ear, Nose and Throat Associates in Monroe, Michigan.
Rhinoplasty Quality Measures Available to Reg-ent Registry Participants
Executive Summary: “Evidence-Based Performance Measures for Rhinoplasty: A Multi-Disciplinary Performance Measure Set” was published online in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery on February 9.
Legislative Outlook for the 117th Congressional Session
As the 117th U.S. Congress convenes and a new Administration with President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. at the helm gets underway, the country is facing a major political shift in power.
Top 100 CPT Codes
See the top 100 ENT codes billed in a physician office and in the hospital outpatient department.
Humanitarian Travel Grant: Medical Mission in Lanzhou, China
Thanks to the AAO-HNSF Humanitarian Travel Grant, I was able to participate in a medical cleft exchange mission in Lanzhou, China, in July 2019.
Six Years Straight: Reg-ent Receives CMS QCDR and QR Designations
The Reg-ent registry has been approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) and Qualified Registry (QR) for 2021 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting.
World Hearing Day: Hearing Care for All
The World Health Organization founded World Hearing Day to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care throughout the world.
#IAMOTO: Match Day 2021
Tell us why you’re proud to be an ENT, why you love the specialty, what drew you to otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, or your Match Day story.
Sleep Awareness Week Is March 14-20
Visit ENThealth.org for more patient information related to sleep disorders.
World Voice Day: One World, Many Voices
Save the Date: World Voice Day is celebrated on April 16 annually.
New AAO-HNS Podcast Releases in 2021
The following podcasts have been added to the Academy’s official podcast app FrequENTcy since the start of 2021 (as of February 19, 2021).
Don't Miss the Latest Podcast From OTO Journal
To access the library of podcasts hosted by John H. Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA, visit http://sageotolaryngology.sageublications.libsynpro.com.
Call for IAB Chair-Elect Nominees
A 2021-2022 International Advisory Board (IAB) Chair-Elect will be elected at the AAO-HNSF 2021 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Los Angeles, California.
Education Opportunities in Otology
Examine numerous free otology topics available in OTO Source, ranging from skull base anatomy, chronic otitis media, and cholesteatoma to vestibular migraines.