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Academy Launches New ENT PAC Website
Interested in learning more about the Academy’s political advocacy efforts? Visit the re-designed ENT PAC website, your new “go-to” resource for AAO-HNS-related legislative and political news. The updated site houses information about various ENT PAC campaigns, current and past Investor lists, federal legislative priorities, which federal lawmakers receive ENT PAC support, and much more! Login to www.entpac.org using your AAO-HNS ID and password to explore this new member benefit.

AAO-HNS Attends Roundtable Meeting with HHS Secretary Price
On March 1, AAO-HNS EVP/CEO James C. Denneny III, MD, attended a meeting with the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Tom Price, MD. Discussion topics included the Affordable Care Act, the Quality Payment Program (MIPS/APMs), and other health-related priorities for the year. The AAO-HNS looks forward to working with Secretary Price to establish positive solutions for many of the issues affecting our members, their practices, and their patients. 

 

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PROJECT 535 Makes the Specialty's Voice Heard on Capitol Hill
Only two full months into the 115th Congress and PROJECT 535 participants are already making an impact! In addition to offering themselves as a healthcare resource for their assigned Member(s) of Congress, PROJECT 535 participants have urged their lawmakers via phone and email to support legislation repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Help is still needed to reach 100 percent coverage of Members of Congress who are in leadership and/or sit on one of four “A” Committees, which have jurisdiction for health-related issues. If one of these Members of Congress is your Representative or Senator, sign up today to be a key contact via PROJECT 535! Contact legfederal@entnet.org for more information.

Legislative Action Alert: Urge Your Federal Lawmakers to Support IPAB Repeal!
In February, U.S. Representative Phil Roe, MD (R-TN) and Senator John Cornyn (T-TX) reintroduced the “Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017.” This important legislation (H.R. 849/S. 260) would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and help ensure important healthcare coverage and payment decisions are not made by 15 unelected individuals with broad authority and virtually no Congressional oversight. The AAO-HNS strongly supports repeal of the IPAB and encourages all members to send a customized email to their federal lawmaker(s) urging them to co-sponsor H.R. 849/S. 260!

ATTENTION Residents: ENT PAC Launches SRF March Mania Bracket Challenge
Launched on March 1, this exciting new campaign is designed to promote SRF ENT PAC involvement by mirroring the well-known NCAA “March Madness” basketball tournament. To create the bracket-style campaign, ENT residency training programs have been organized by state and assigned to one of three groups depending on the total number of residents. The states in each group will compete against each other in three rounds throughout the month of March. At the end of each round, states will move forward based on donations and submission of 10-second “Why I give to ENT PAC” videos. Make your contribution today at www.entpac.org and/or contact PAC staff at entpac@entnet.org to learn how to submit your video.

 

Legislative & Political Reports

 

AAO-HNS Joins Healthcare Stakeholders in Opposing H.R. 564
The AAO-HNS joined 42 health-related organizations in signing a letter opposing the “Traditional Cigar Manufacturing and Small Business Jobs Preservation Act” (H.R. 564). The bill would exempt traditional large and premium cigars from FDA oversight, undermining current science-based processes. The coalition argues that FDA should maintain its oversight authority over all tobacco products, including cigars.

Medical Liability Reform Legislation Passes House Judiciary Committee
On February 28, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed the “Protecting Access to Care Act” (H.R. 1215). If enacted, H.R. 1215 would help ensure physicians can provide vital — and affordable — medical services to all patients without the threat of meritless lawsuits. The AAO-HNS supported the advancement of H.R. 1215 and will continue to monitor its progress.