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Sign-on Letters

Academy Signs onto Letter Regarding the Publication of a Liquid Nicotine Deeming Rule (9/29/15)
On September 29, the Academy signed onto a PARTNERs coalition letter requesting the FDA to publish a proposed deeming rule that requires liquid nicotine containers to include child-resistant packaging and nicotine exposure warnings.  Read the letter

USPSTF Publishes Final Recommendation about Smoking Cessation in Adults (9/22/15)
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has published their final recommendation statement for Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women. Read the statement.

In addition to the final recommendation statement, USPSTF has published an evidence summary and a plain language fact sheet

This past June, the AAO-HNSreviewed and signed onto a PARTNERs coalition letter regarding the draft USPSTF recommendation. Read the letter.

Academy Signs onto Letter Requestings a Pause for Meaningful Use Stage 3 Implementation (9/17/15)
On September 17, the Academy signed onto a letter requesting the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Management and Budget to pause the implementation of Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 3. The letter asked for a pause due to the delay in publishing the Modifications Rule and the ambiguity surrounding the implementation of Merit-Based Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Read the letter


Academy Signs onto Letter against Deceptive Tobacco Marketing 
(8/24/15) 
On August 24, the Academy signed onto a PARTNERs coalition letter calling for the FDA to prohibit the marketing of Natural American Spirit cigarettes as "natural," "additive-free," "organic," or similar terms that may convey these cigarettes to be less hazardous than other tobacco products. Read the letter.


Academy Signs on to Letter Recommending Clarification of USPSTF's Recommended Tobacco Cessation Treatments 
(6/2/2015)
On June 1, the Academy signed onto a PARTNERs coalition letter requesting clarification of the United States Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF’s) draft recommendations for tobacco cessation benefits and treatments. View the Letter


Academy Signs on to Letter Urging for Release of FDA Final Deeming Regulation 
(4/28/2015)
On April 28, the Academy signed on to a PARTNERS coalition letter urging President Obama to ensure his Administration quickly finalizes the FDA's deeming regulation, which would deem all tobacco products including e-cigarettes, pipe tobacco, hookah, gels, cigars and potentially premium cigars under FDA authority. This effort is crucial to put a stop to the increasing rate of e-cigarette usage by teens. View the letter.


CMS Responds to Medicare Advantage Sign-On 
(4/7/2015)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently responded to the AMA's sign-on letter urging more accountability and adequacy with Medicare Advantage plans. CMS is currently in the process of addressing some concerns from the letter and has taken recommendations into consideration. View the CMS Response Letter.

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Academy Signs on to PARTNERS Coalition Letter Calling for Increased Regulation of Cigarettes (3/27/2014)
On March 27, the Academy signed onto a letter calling for FDA regulation of the design and composition of cigarettes, essentially in effort to reverse harmful effects created through the evolution of design and composition of cigarettes.  View the letter here


Academy Signs on to Surgical Coalition Letter Urging Appointment of Surgeon to MEDPAC 
(3/17/2015)
Given that currently zero commission members are surgeons  and several of the MedPAC member terms expire in April 2015, the Academy recently signed on to a Surgical Coalition letter requesting that a surgeon be appointed to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) this year.  View the letter here.


Academy Signs on to AMA ICD-10 Letter Urging Further Transparency 
(3/4/2015)
The Academy, along with several other organizations, signed onto an AMA letter urging CMS to publish further data on ICD-10 testing results, EHR vendor readiness, details on avoiding adverse impacts on quality measurement, risk mitigation plans and more. View the letter.


Academy Signs on to AMA Letter Urging Improvement of Network Adequacy for Medicare Advantage
 (2/12/2015)
The AAO-HNS along with several other organizations signed onto a letter urging CMS to require insurers to certify adequate Medicare Advantage networks with documentation, provide more accurate physician network directory information,and to provide written notification to patients when physicians are dropped from a network.  The letter additionally requests CMS to review data on abrupt drops in physicians from Medicare Advantage Networks over the past 2 years and to recommend a new network adequacy formula for insurers. Read the letter here.

Academy Joins Effort Demanding Change to MU (1/21/2015)
Earlier this month, the Academy signed on to an AMA letter calling for changes to the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Meaningful Use (MU) certification process. The letter addresses issues related to interoperability, security, and usability. To read the letter, click here.


Academy Signs on to PARTNERS Coalition Letter Calling for Increased Regulation of Cigarettes 
(3/27/2014)
On March 27, the Academy signed onto a letter calling for FDA regulation of the design and composition of cigarettes, essentially in effort to reverse harmful effects created through the evolution of design and composition of cigarettes. View the letter here


Academy Urges CMS to Revisit Onerous 90-Day Grace Period Policy 
(3/13/2014)
Under the ACA, consumers who purchase certain health insurance plans are allowed a three-month grace period if they miss a monthly premium payment. During the last two months of this grace provision, insurers are allowed to pend and/or deny claims submitted during this time frame. In other words, insurers are able to unfairly shift the burden and risk of potential loss for patient non-payment to physicians by having physicians bear the cost of the services provided. In an effort to protect members from this onerous policy, the Academy joined an AMA letter urging CMS to require insurers to notify providers of a patient’s grace period status as part of the insurance eligibility verification process. The Academy will continue to call on CMS to revisit this policy and will keep members apprised of all pertinent information via eNews, HP Update and other outreach media. View the sign-on letter here.


Academy Signs on to IDSA Initiative against Antibiotic Resistance 
(2/26/2014)
The AAO-HNSF signed on to a letter from the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) supporting the CDC’s “Detect and Protect Against Antibiotic Resistance Initiative” that is included in the FY15 President’s Budget Request. View the letter.

Academy Signs onto Letter Requestings a Pause for Meaningful Use Stage 3 Implementation
On September 17, the Academy signed onto a letter requesting the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Management and Budget to pause the implementation of Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 3. The letter asked for a pause due to the delay in publishing the Modifications Rule and the ambiguity surrounding the implementation of Merit-Based Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs). Read the letter