October 3, 2014

Lead Story:
ENT PAC Success at Annual Meeting
Thanks to the generous support of its Investors, ENT PAC raised more than $19,000 during the AAO-HNSF 2014 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM—far surpassing its fundraising goal of $15,000. In addition, the PAC welcomed over 180 new members to the “Investor” ranks, 45 percent of which are resident members of the AAO-HNS. Keep the momentum going by donating to ENT PAC today!*

Action Requested:
Plan Your October I-GO Event TODAY
Want to voice your opinion on the latest healthcare reforms? Consider scheduling a meeting with your legislators during the October Congressional district work period and make your voice heard prior to the November elections. For more information on the Academy’s In-district Grassroots Outreach (I-GO) initiative, or assistance in scheduling your meetings, please visit the Legislative Grassroots Webpage or contact govtaffairs@entnet.org.

Last Chance to Sign the “Save Our Physicians” Petition
Were you unable to attend the AAO-HNSF 2014 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM? Or, did a busy schedule in Orlando prevent you from visiting one of the Legislative Advocacy booths? Don’t worry! There is still time to sign the “Save Our Physicians” petition and declare your opposition to legislation (H.R. 5304) that would provide “limited license physician” status for audiologists. By signing the petition, you will help highlight the importance of preserving the term “physician” for MD/DOs to ensure patients can easily distinguish between various healthcare providers.

Residents and Fellows-in-Training Expand their Advocacy “Footprint”
Members of the Section for Residents and Fellows-in-Training made an impressive stride in their advocacy efforts during this year’s Annual Meeting. While in Orlando, 84 residents/fellows joined the Academy’s Advocacy Involvement Campaign. There is still time to be part of this campaign. Get involved today!

Physician Congressman Creates Forum to Engage Healthcare Community
On October 2, U.S. Representative Michael C. Burgess, MD (R-TX), launched a new platform to engage the healthcare provider community. Aptly named the STAT Initiative, the goal of the new forum is to provide a way for every physician, healthcare professional and patient to take a proactive role in directing the future of healthcare in the United States. AAO-HNS members are encouraged to learn more about the development of this new forum, and to consider answering the questions posed by Dr. Burgess: Are you worried about the future of healthcare? Are you worried about our profession and your patients? If so, speak out STAT.

Informational Updates:
ENT PAC Investors Enjoy the “Perks”
At this year’s Annual Meeting, 2014 ENT PAC Investors enjoyed various “perks” exclusive for PAC members. The Legislative Advocacy booths housed a lounge area, with refreshments available for PAC Investors. Investors also enjoyed the annual “thank-you” reception, which was held the evening of Monday, September 22, at BB King’s Blues Club. Finally, the ENT PAC Board of Advisors again hosted a private luncheon for members of the ENT PAC Chairman’s club ($1000+ donors). New for this year, the luncheon also welcomed several of this year’s above-and-beyond “state trackers” and the 2013 SRF Advocacy Involvement winners, UC-Irvine. Attendees heard from Special Guest, U.S. Representative Michael Burgess, MD. ENT PAC thanks all of its 2014 donors for their generous support!

BOG Legislative Affairs Committee Discusses Legislative/Political Advocacy
In Orlando, the BOG Legislative Affairs Committee received an update on the Academy’s legislative and political programs. The Government Affairs team briefed committee members on the status of the Academy’s federal legislative priorities, ENT PAC, the state trackers program, and the In-district Grassroots Outreach (I-GO) program. Following the update, attendees discussed opportunities for Committee members to become more involved in ongoing legislative/political efforts. As a result, new taskforces are being formed. For more information, or to receive a copy of the powerpoint presentation, please contact govtaffairs@entnet.org.

From the Health Policy Team
AAO-HNS Socioeconomic Survey Results Now Available Online Exclusively to Members
Miss the 2014 AAO-HNS Socioeconomic Survey results display at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM? The results of the survey are now posted online and are available exclusively to Academy members! Click here to see the survey results.

Utilize Miniseminar Information to Help Prepare for ICD-10 Transition
Review the slides from the ICD-10 Miniseminar at the AAO-HNSF 2014 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM to learn about changes in documentation methods under ICD-10, view impact analytics for various diagnoses under the new code-set, and to review sample questions for vendors/payers in preparation for the transition.

*Contributions to ENT PAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Contributions are voluntary, and all members of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Federal law prohibits ENT PAC from accepting contributions from foreign nationals. By law, if your contributions are made using a personal check or credit card, ENT PAC may use your contribution only to support candidates in federal elections. All corporate contributions to ENT PAC will be used for educational and administrative fees of ENT PAC, and other activities permissible under federal law. Federal law requires ENT PAC to use its best efforts to collect and report the name, mailing address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.