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9-4-15 ENT Advocate

September 4, 2015

Lead Story:
Help Celebrate 20 Years of Bipartisan Advocacy
ENT PAC is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Help us set a course for success in the next 20 years by making your 2015 contribution today. To make a contribution, log-in to 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.*

Action Requested:
Become a Legislative Tracker for Your State
The AAO-HNS is recruiting volunteers to monitor legislative “tracking reports” in each state. Trackers will help identify legislation requiring Academy assistance (e.g. letters, testimony, action alert). If you are interested in taking advantage of this unique leadership opportunity, contact

One-Stop Advocacy
The August Congressional recess is almost over, but there are still opportunities to schedule in-district meetings with your lawmakers. Visit the new AAO-HNS Grassroots Center to find ways to get involved in the Academy’s legislative grassroots efforts. This mobile-friendly website is your one-stop shop for grassroots advocacy programs such as the ENT Advocacy Network, I-GO, Actions Alerts, and the Legislative Advocacy social media sites.

Informational Updates
Save the Dates – Legislative Advocacy Events in Dallas
The AAO-HNSF 2015 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPOSM is only weeks away, and we don’t want you to miss several opportunities to receive legislative and political updates while in Dallas. 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 – Monday, September 28, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Room “Southside 1” in the Omni Dallas Hotel. 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. This year’s special guest speaker is former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

  • 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, and residents who have contributed $50 or more.

  • Stop by one (or both) of the legislative advocacy booths to learn more about various advocacy-related programs, including the new Project 535 campaign. The booths are conveniently located in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center near Lobby D (level 2) or outside the Omni Dallas Hotel’s Dallas Ballroom.

From the Health Policy Team
Coming Soon: Academy Comments on CMS 2016 Proposed Policies
On September 8, the Academy will submit comments to CMS regarding the CY 2016 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Academy comments include: proposed practice expense changes; Global Surgical Package valuation; existing quality programs; Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) qualification requirement modifications; Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) establishment; and Alternative Payment Models (APMs) regulations. Click here for more information.

Academy Collaborates with Anthem to Refine Ear Tubes Policy
Thanks to Academy physician leaders’ comments and medical recommendations, Anthem has revised the Anthem Clinical Utilization Management Guideline for Myringotomy and Tympanostomy Tube Insertion. Key changes include: revised pediatric extended otitis media effusion hearing loss requirement to 20 dB, new medically necessary indicators, and allowance for myringotomy as a stand-alone procedure for select populations. Learn more.

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