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5-1-15 ENT Advocate

May 1, 2015

Lead Story:
Six Percent? We Can Do Better!
To date, only six percent of ENT Advocacy Network members have made 2015 contributions to ENT PAC. Successful advocacy is about teamwork, and we can all afford to do our “fair share.” As a member of the ENT Advocacy Network, I know you understand the importance of the Academy’s advocacy programs, including ENT PAC. Remember, even a small contribution can make a big difference! Log-in to www.entpac.org using your AAO-HNS ID and password (NOT your email address) to make a contribution online or send your personal check (payable to ENT PAC) to 1650 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, VA 22314.*

Action Requested:
Onward and Forward!
With SGR repeal now in the rearview mirror, we can focus our efforts on other important legislative priorities for the specialty. For example, the Early Hearing Detection & Intervention (EHDI) program must be reauthorized this year, and the AAO-HNS is working hard to broaden support for this critical legislation (H.R. 1344). If enacted, H.R. 1344 would extend the EHDI program for an additional five years, ensuring that infants and children have access to early intervention hearing-healthcare services. Contact your U.S. Representative and tell him/her to support this bipartisan bill.

Legislative Action Alert: Support Clarity and Transparency in Healthcare Advertisements
Contact your U.S. Representative to urge his/her support of H.R. 1741, the “Truth in Healthcare Marketing Act of 2015.” If enacted, this legislation would help mitigate patient confusion by improving transparency in healthcare advertisements by requiring all healthcare providers to disclose their credentials and/or level of training in all marketing materials. Help promote the importance of healthcare truth-in-advertising by completing the AAO-HNS action alert today!

May In-district Work Period Coming Up – Plan Your I-GO Event Today
Lawmakers return to their Congressional districts twice during the month of May—from May 4 through May 8, and again May 25 through May 29. Don’t miss this and other upcoming opportunities to schedule a meeting with Members of Congress at a district office, or better yet, invite them to visit your medical practice! Lawmakers will also be available during the in-district work periods that coincide with the 4th of July holiday and the month-long August recess. Visit the I-GO webpage for more details or contact govtaffairs@entnet.org to schedule a meeting.    

Informational Updates:
New ENTConnect Community for ENT PAC Investors
Did you make a contribution to ENT PAC in 2013, 2014, or 2015? If so, you have been added to the new ENT PAC Investor community on ENTConnect. The Community will be used to share general PAC information, distribute political updates, and house various ENT PAC publications, such as the Investors Report and the newly-developed ENT PAC Pulse. In the future, the Community will be limited to only current ENT PAC Investors, so make your 2015 contribution today!* If you have questions regarding how to get access to this page, email entpac@entnet.org.

Success in the States
This month, many state legislative sessions will adjourn or begin to wind down. Although there are a number of bills still under consideration, a few legislative highlights from this session are listed below.

  • In Nevada, the AAO-HNS worked with the state medical society to amend a bill which would have greatly expanded the scope of practice of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.
  • The North Dakota Medical Association, in conjunction with the AAO-HNS and other specialty societies, successfully defeated legislation that would have expanded the scope of practice of naturopaths to include prescriptive authority, office procedures, and midwifery.
  • A measure that creates a “medical spa” registry successfully passed both chambers in the Tennessee legislature and is now headed to the Governor.

From the Health Policy Team:
Coalition Urges Finalization of FDA Tobacco Deeming Regulation
On April 28, the PARTNERS coalition sent a letter to President Obama urging his Administration to quickly finalize the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) deeming regulation, which would ensure all tobacco products including e-cigarettes, pipe tobacco, hookah, gels, cigars, and potentially premium cigars are included under the FDA’s authority.

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