July 24, 2015

Lead Story:
Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Advances EHDI Legislation
On Thursday, July 23, the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee advanced H.R. 1344, a bill to reauthorize (for five years) the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act (EHDI). The bill is now slated for consideration before the full Energy & Commerce Committee, the last step before advancing to the House floor for final passage. For real time updates on this and other legislation, follow the AAO-HNS Legislative Advocacy Twitter account @AAOHNSGovtAffrs.   

Action Requested:
PAC Wall Deadline Approaching—Will Your Name Be Included?
Now is the time to act to ensure your name is prominently displayed as one of the Academy’s key political advocates during the upcoming AAO-HNSF 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM. With the meeting quickly approaching, ENT PAC staff is preparing this year’s “PAC Wall of Investors.” Ensure your name is included by making your 2015 ENT PAC investment TODAY! To make a donation, simply visit the ENT PAC webpage (log-in using your AAO-HNS ID and password) or send your personal check payable to “ENT PAC” to 1650 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, VA 22314.*

The One-Stop Shop for Advocacy
Are you interested in getting involved in the Academy’s legislative grassroots efforts? If so, check out the new AAO-HNS Grassroots Center. This mobile-friendly website offers multiple ways to get involved in programs such as the ENT Advocacy Network, I-GO, Actions Alerts, and the Legislative Advocacy social media sites. Visit the new site today!

August Recess is Almost Here – Time to Plan Your I-GO Event!
Federal lawmakers will return to their districts on August 3 for a month-long Congressional in-district work period. Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet with your federal lawmakers at a district office, or better yet, invite them to visit your medical practice or academic facility! Contact govtaffairs@entnet.org to learn more about the In-district Grassroots Outreach (I-GO) program or to request assistance in scheduling your meetings.

Informational Updates:
Save the Dates – Legislative Advocacy Events in Dallas
Don’t miss several opportunities to receive legislative and political updates at the AAO-HNSF 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM. Mark your calendar for these “insider” events:

  • BOG Legislative Affairs Committee meeting – Saturday, September 26, 1:00-2:45 pm, Dallas Ballroom A in the Omni Dallas Hotel. Non-committee members are invited to attend as guests.
  • “Invitation Only” Advocacy Leadership Luncheon – Monday, September 28, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Omni Dallas Hotel, Southside 1. This is an exclusive event for members of the ENT PAC Chairman’s Club ($1,000+ donors), winners of the 2014 SRF Advocacy Involvement Campaign, and other key advocacy leaders.
  • ENT PAC Investors “Thank-You” reception – Monday, September 28, 7:00-9:00 pm, Gilley’s Dallas: 1135 South Lamar Street (Jack Daniel’s Saloon). This event is open to 2015 ENT PAC Investors who have made contributions of $100 or more, or residents who have contributed $50 or more.


Can’t make any of these events? Stop by one (or both) of the Advocacy booths, conveniently located in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center near Lobby D or outside the Omni Dallas Hotel’s Dallas Ballroom. See you in Dallas!

Healthcare Community Opposes Funding Cuts for AHRQ
As a member of the “Friends of the AHRQ,” the AAO-HNS joined a coalition of 185 healthcare organizations in sending a letter to the U.S. Senate opposing a provision in the 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies bill. As written, funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and a number of other critical health services important to ongoing patient-centered outcomes research efforts, would be significantly reduced in FY16. For more updates regarding AAO-HNS legislative activity, visit the Legislative & Political Affairs webpage.  

From the Health Policy Team:
AAO-HNS Unveils Countdown to ICD-10 Transition
In an effort to assist all Members in the transition to ICD-10, the AAO-HNS has created an ICD-10 countdown with 10 discrete actions for providers to take to finalize their ICD-10 preparations. Each week will feature a new ICD-10 preparation resource and tip. Check out the homepage for this week’s advice!

CMS Issues 2016 Proposed Rule for Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
On July 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rule. The AAO-HNS will submit comments on behalf of Members to CMS regarding key provisions of the MPFS affecting otolaryngologists, including: payment policies, CMS Quality Reporting programs, measures, and Qualified Clinical Data Registry participation.

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