May 15, 2015

Lead Story:
AAO-HNS Supports Truth-in-Advertising Legislation

On May 12, the AAO-HNS sent a letter to U.S. Representatives Larry Bucshon, MD (R-IN) and David Scott (D-GA) in support of H.R. 1741, the “Truth in Healthcare Marketing Act of 2015.” If enacted, this legislation would improve transparency in healthcare providers’ advertisements and marketing. Help promote the importance of healthcare truth-in-advertising by contacting your federal lawmakers via the new AAO-HNS action alert!

Action Requested:
Contribute Your “Fair Share”
Did you know that if every member of the ENT Advocacy Network made a contribution to ENT PAC of at least $100, we would raise nearly $200,000 and approach a 20 percent PAC participation rate? Help do your fair share by joining the ENT PAC team today. Even a small contribution can go a long way! To make your 2015 contribution, log-in to www.entpac.org using your AAO-HNS member ID (NOT your email address) and password or send your personal check (payable to ENT PAC) to 1650 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, VA 22314.*

Memorial Day is May 25 – Plan Your I-GO Event Today!
Lawmakers will return to their Congressional districts May 25–29 for the Memorial Day recess. 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 In-district Grassroots Outreach (I-GO) webpage for more details or contact govtaffairs@entnet.org to schedule a meeting.

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Stay current on the latest healthcare-related legislative news while browsing pictures and status updates from your AAO-HNS colleagues. “Like” the AAO-HNS Government Affairs Facebook page for quick access to Congressional updates and photos from recent AAO-HNS events. Or, is Twitter or LinkedIn your social media preference? Follow us on Twitter or connect with us on LinkedIn for other daily legislative updates.

Informational Updates:
Some State Legislative Sessions Winding Down
The busy season for state legislatures is starting to come to a close with some sessions already adjourned. The closing of a state session is a critical time, especially given last-minute maneuvering on various legislative issues. However, our AAO-HNS state trackers have remained diligent, working with Academy staff to communicate and advance the legislative priorities of the AAO-HNS. For more information on how to help in your state, email govtaffairs@entnet.org.

Maine Considering Cosmetic Medical Procedure Tax
As part of its biennial budget proposal, the Maine legislature is considering a tax on cosmetic medical procedures. As part of a coalition effort, the AAO-HNS signed onto a letter opposing the tax proposal and its negative impact on medical care. For more information on this and other pending bills, check out the State Legislative Advocacy webpage.

From the Health Policy Team:
Avoid Financial Penalties in 2015
Make sure to track your Meaningful Use (MU) and Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) participation since some measures are available in both programs this year. Click here for more information.

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