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The ENT Advocate 3-4-2016

And the Winner Is...
On January 29, ENT Advocacy Network members received an ENT PAC email inviting them to participate in the “ENT PAC Presidential Primary Challenge” – an opportunity for Members to predict the outcome of the first four state presidential primaries/caucuses. After a close competition, the winner is…

Andrew M. Coughlin, MD
Omaha, NE


50 Percent by April 1
PROJECT 535 is off to a great start! Let’s keep the momentum going by ensuring at least 50 percent of Congressional Districts have an assigned otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon by April 1! Join the growing number of your colleagues participating in this important program. The commitment to this program is small, but the impact is immense!

CMS Extending Hardship Deadline
On February 26, CMS extended the application deadline for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program Hardship Exception process. The new deadline for Eligible Professionals, Eligible Hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals is now July 1, 2016. CMS is extending the deadline so providers have sufficient time to submit their applications to avoid adjustments to their Medicare payments in 2017. 

AAO-HNS Asks U.S. Senate to Reauthorize NASPER
On February 23, a coalition of healthcare organizations, including the AAO-HNS, sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging its members to reauthorize the National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Recording (NASPER) Act. This program allows HHS to award grants to states to establish or enhance Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). 

AAO-HNS Sends Letter of Support of EHDI
On March 3, the AAO-HNS sent a letter of support to U.S. Senators Portman and Gillibrand in support of S. 2424, the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Act. This legislation will reauthorize and expand grants that fund state-wide programs screening newborns for hearing loss before they leave the hospital. Similar legislation already passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a voice vote. 

What Have You Done for Me Lately?
Since January, your Legislative Advocacy staff has attended nearly 20 meetings and events with Members of Congress and their staffs. During these meetings, discussion has centered on the upcoming electoral climate, legislative priorities of the 114th Congress, issues impacting physicians, and ways Congress can help ease regulatory burdens for providers. For more information about these events, email

Last Chance to Register for the Leadership Forum
As a reminder, the deadline to register for the AAO-HNS/F 2016 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting
is Tuesday, March 8 – and, it’s free to otolaryngology practitioners. Sign-up today and join your colleagues for a weekend of leadership discussions, Board of Governors (BOG) meetings, informative speakers, advocacy updates, and mentoring/networking opportunities!
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Last Call for 2016 WIO Award Applications
Deadlines are quickly approaching for the awards below. Contact with questions, or to obtain applications for these awards:

  • Senior Trainee Award is for an outstanding female senior resident (last two years of residency) or fellow who demonstrates excellence in leadership, research, education, and/or mentoring. The deadline to submit applications is March 15.
  • Helen F. Krause, MD Trailblazer Award recognizes an individual who through scholarship, advocacy, leadership, and/or mentorship has furthered the interests of women in otolaryngology. The deadline to submit applications is March 25.

BOG Award Nominations
Recognize yourself or colleague(s) by submitting a nomination by Monday, April 4, for one of the BOG awards listed below:

  • BOG Model Society Award recognizes outstanding local/state/regional societies that exhibit effective leadership, institute Academy programs, and advance the Academy's goals through active participation in the BOG. 
  • BOG Practitioner Excellence Award highlights prototypical clinical otolaryngologist one wishes to emulate.

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