August 7, 2015

Special Note: Due to the Congressional recess/district work period during the month of August, the next edition of The ENT Advocate will be released on September 4. Visit www.entnet.org/advocacy or follow @AAOHNSGovtAffrs for updates.

Lead Story:
ENT 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 already preparing this year’s “PAC Wall of Investors.” Ensure your name is included by making your 2015 ENT PAC investment by Friday, August 14. Donate today!*

Action Requested:
One-Stop Shop for Advocacy
Are you interested in getting involved in the Academy’s legislative grassroots efforts? If so, visit 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. Bookmark the new site today!

August Recess is Here – Time to Plan Your I-GO Event!
Federal lawmakers have returned to their districts for the 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 with special guest, former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) – 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, within walking distance of the Convention Center, is open to 2015 ENT PAC Investors who have made contributions of $100 or more, or residents who have contributed $50 or more.
  • Stop by one of the two legislative advocacy booths located in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center near Lobby D (level 2) or outside the Omni Dallas Hotel’s Dallas Ballroom to find out about the new Project 535 campaign. Sign-up to represent the specialty in your hometown district!


U.S. House Energy & Commerce Advances EHDI Legislation
Last week, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee advanced H.R. 1344, a bill to reauthorize (for five years) the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act (EHDI). After the August recess, the bill can move to the House floor for final passage. Contact your U.S. Representative today to urge passage of this important legislation!

From the Health Policy Team:
Academy Summarizes Impact of CMS 2016 Proposed Policies on the Otolaryngology Community
Proposed policies summarized from the CY 2016 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule that are specific to Otolaryngology include: practice expense proposed changes; improving valuation of the Global Surgical Package; Physician Compare, PQRS, and Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) proposed changes; and Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) participation requirements. The Academy plans to comment and advocate on your behalf.


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