Lead Story:
Meaningful Use Hardship Legislation Passes Congress
On December 29, President Obama signed into law the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act (S. 2425), which grants the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) the authority to expedite Meaningful Use Stage 2 hardship exemption applications for the 2015 calendar year. Prior to passage of this bill, CMS could only grant hardship exemptions on a case-by-case basis. For more information on this legislation, please visit the Legislative Advocacy post on ENTConnect

Action Requested
State Legislatures Convening
State legislatures across the nation are gearing up for their 2016 sessions. With more than 25 states convening by the end of the month, it is important to get an early start on our efforts to identify and monitor legislation impacting the specialty. Want to help track legislation in your state? Email the Legislative Advocacy team at govtaffairs@entnet.org to find out how you can help the specialty in your state today! 

Informational Updates
Changes to The ENT Advocate
As members of the AAO-HNS Advocacy Network, we know you are very busy and receiving a lot of updates from the Academy and other sources. In an effort to make your inboxes a little less full, and to keep our content fresh, The ENT Advocate is becoming a monthly publication! Most editions of the Advocate will be delivered to your inbox on the first Friday of the month, but the distribution date may occasionally change to ensure the most up-to-date information is captured. If you are interested in more frequent advocacy updates, please follow us on one of our social media platforms, or visit the Legislative Advocacy website

114th Congress Reconvenes
This week, lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill to begin the second session of the 114th Congress. Congressional leaders immediately turned to crafting their agenda for the year, which may conflict with many of the priorities the President is expected to outline in his January 12 State of the Union address. Follow the AAO-HNS Twitter account for updates. 

Other AAO-HNS Informational Updates 
Register Today - AAO-HNS/F 2016 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting
Join leaders of the specialty at the AAO-HNS/F 2016 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting, Friday, March 18 – Monday, March 21, in Alexandria, VA. The meeting is free for AAO-HNS Members who are otolaryngology practitioners, although registration is required. Visit the Academy website for additional information and to register today.


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