September 19, 2014

Lead Story:
Healthcare Organizations Oppose “Physician” Status for Audiologists
On September 16, lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives received a letter, spearheaded by the AAO-HNS and signed by more than 110 national, state, and local medical organizations, opposing H.R. 5304. As written, H.R. 5304 would provide audiologists with unlimited direct access to Medicare patients without a physician referral and also reclassify them as “limited license physicians” in the Medicare program. Contact your U.S. Representative today via our legislative action alert and urge him/her to oppose H.R. 5304.

Action Requested:
Plan Your October I-GO Event TODAY!

Have you missed out on meeting with your lawmakers this year? If so, consider scheduling a meeting during the October district work period. This final work period before the elections is a great time to meet locally with your federal lawmakers. For more information or assistance in scheduling your meetings, please visit the Legislative Grassroots Webpage or contact govtaffairs@entnet.org.

Help Your Program Get Ahead in the SRF Advocacy Involvement Campaign
Attention Residents and Fellows-in-Training! Help your training program be recognized in the SRF Advocacy Involvement Campaign by broadening your program’s advocacy “footprint.” To date, UC-Irvine leads the competition, but there is still time to score points. Getting ahead is easy; visit the ENT PAC website to learn how!

Important Petition Opportunity in Orlando
Stop by one of the Legislative Advocacy booths (outside Hall B and on Concourse Level 1) at the AAO-HNSF 2014 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM to sign the “Save Our Physicians” petition. The petition highlights the importance of preserving the term “physician” for MD/DOs to ensure patients can distinguish between various healthcare providers. Not attending this year’s Annual Meeting? Urge your U.S. Representative to oppose H.R. 5304 via our legislative action alert.

Informational Updates:
Enjoy a Night of Jazz with ENT PAC
All 2014 ENT PAC Investors are invited to the annual “thank-you” reception on Monday, September 22, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. The reception will be held at BB King’s Blues Club located on 9101 International Drive in Orlando FL. Don’t miss out on the fun – make your online ENT PAC donation today!* On-site contributors are also welcome.

Lunch Among Advocacy Leaders
On Monday, September 22, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, the ENT PAC Board of Advisors is hosting the ENT PAC Chairman’s Club ($1,000+ donors) Luncheon in the OCCC West Building, Room 108A. This year’s luncheon will also welcome some of this year’s above-and-beyond “state trackers” and the 2013 SRF Advocacy Involvement winners, UC-Irvine. Attendees will hear from Special Guest, U.S. Representative Michael Burgess, MD. For more information about ENT PAC Leadership Clubs or the AAO-HNS State Tracker program, email govtaffairs@entnet.org.

Seeing Double at Annual Meeting
An exciting development for this year’s Annual Meeting is the availability of a second “Advocacy” booth. The Legislative Advocacy booths are conveniently located on Concourse Level 1 and outside Hall B. The booths will be the focal points for all Government Affairs information including: the ENT PAC Wall of Investors, political and grassroots programs, snacks, and lots of great advocacy giveaways. See you in Orlando!

From the Health Policy Team:
Only Two Coding Workshops Remaining in 2014
Don’t miss out! The next 2014 AAO-HNSF Coding and Reimbursement Workshop will take place in Cincinnati, OH, on October 17 and 18. With the transition to ICD-10 right around the corner, make sure you are prepared by taking both courses, ICD-10 Training for ENT and Mastering ENT Coding. A final workshop will be held in Chicago in November. For more information, click here.

Attend the Annual Meeting CT-related Miniseminars or Instructional Courses
There are nearly 100 courses related to CT imaging, with many courses specific to CT, at the upcoming Annual Meeting in Orlando. Attending these courses can provide credit toward the CME requirement. A list of CT-related miniseminars or instruction courses can be found here.

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