Legislative, political, and health policy activity directly affects our practices and our patients. Read below to stay up-to-date on the current issues affecting our specialty.
AAO-HNS Cosponsors Education Briefing on Capitol Hill
On May 29, the AAO-HNS cosponsored a briefing on Capitol Hill with the Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus. At the briefing, Academy member Richard K. Gurgel, MD, spoke on the public health impact of hearing loss in older adults. Dr. Gurgel, AAO-HNS Advocacy staff, and Caucus members also met with offices on Capitol Hill to discuss a range of issues concerning adult hearing loss and the Medicare program
AAO-HNS Supports Introduction of Comprehensive Tobacco Control Legislation
The Academy joined more than 50 public health organizations in expressing strong support for the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019 (H.R. 2339), new legislation addressing youth use of tobacco products. The bill is one of several bi-partisan proposals introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate attempting to curb the youth tobacco epidemic.
Surprise Billing Gains Traction on Capitol Hill
As part of the 2019 AAO-HNS/F Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting last month, AAO-HNS physician leaders advocated on Capitol Hill for legislative solutions to “surprise billing” to better protect patients. Surprise billing continues to gain momentum on Capitol Hill as multiple pieces of legislation have been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate. On Tuesday, May 21, the House Committee on Ways & Means convened a hearing to examine the issue.
Academy Comments on Moda Health Reimbursement Policy
On May 21, the Academy commented on Moda Health’s reimbursement policy on postoperative sinus endoscopy and/or debridement procedures. The comment letter focused on separate reimbursement for sinus endoscopy and nasal debridement. The letter also requested policy clarifications about impacted and related procedures, routine follow-up wound care, and debridement prevalence.
Advocacy Accomplishments Highlighted in the Latest ENT Advocate
The June edition of The ENT Advocate is now available online. This monthly e-newsletter offers an “insider” view into legislative and regulatory activity impacting the specialty, including the Academy’s key grassroots involvement opportunities.
Members Receive Advocacy Updates at Leadership Forum
The AAO-HNS held its 2019 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting in Alexandria, VA from April 26-28. In addition to updates on the Academy’s federal and state legislative priorities, regulatory and health policy wins, and grassroots engagement opportunities, attendees heard directly from U.S. Representative Andy Harris, MD (R-MD) about policy issues driving the healthcare agenda on Capitol Hill from an “insider’s” perspective.
AAO-HNS Physician Leaders Advocate for the Specialty on Capitol Hill
As part of its 2019 Leadership Forum & BOG Spring Meeting, physician leaders from the AAO-HNS visited more than 25 House of Representative and Senate offices on Monday, April 29. The meetings focused on policy issues of critical importance to the specialty, including scope of practice, “surprise” medical billing, prior authorization, and comprehensive tobacco control legislation.
Top 100 ENT Services for 2019
The Academy has prepared new member resources outlining the Top 100 Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes reported by providers with the subspecialty designation of “4-Otolaryngology” within the Medicare enrollment database. Two charts are now available: 2019 Top 100 ENT Codes Billed in a Physician Office and 2019 Top 100 ENT Codes Billed in the Hospital Outpatient Department. Further information and the chart files can be accessed as part of the Academy’s Coding Corner. The Coding Corner is a valuable resource available to AAO-HNS members that includes CPT for ENT articles, annual code change summaries, and ICD-10 coding resources.