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Only Two Weeks Away! Register Now for the BOG Spring Meeting!
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The BOG Spring Meeting will be held from Sunday, March 21, to Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Registration for this meeting is free and will offer attendees the opportunity to network and engage in peer-to-peer interactions with eminent members in the field. Register now.

Update: Healthcare Reform
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As Congressional leaders continue their work to develop a final strategy to pass healthcare reform legislation, the AAO-HNS Government Affairs team diligently monitors the process and advocates on behalf of the specialty. For the most updated news on healthcare reform, visit our "Healthcare Reform Information" website at www.entnet.org/hcr. Additionally, for Medicare physician payment updates, visit our Legislative and Political Affairs website at www.entnet.org/advocacy (login required).

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Academy Seeks Applications for Education Coordinator
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The AAO-HNS Foundation Board of Directors is seeking applicants to serve as Board Coordinator for Education. If elected by the Board, the Coordinator will serve a single four-year term of office, from October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2015. For a more detailed description of the role and a listing of qualifications and expectations, visit the Academy's website.

Interested applicants are invited to submit a letter summarizing your qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and letters of recommendation to ichavez@entnet.org no later than midnight, March 31, 2010. Final applicants will be invited to participate in interviews during May 2010. Notification will be made by June 30, 2010.


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World Voice Day Grassroots Public Relations Tools Now Available
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World Voice Day is April 16, 2010. The Academy has created a grassroots public relations tool kit for members to use in promoting this international health observance. Access the materials at www.entnet.org/Community/outreach.cfm (login required).

In the Press

Despite What You May Have Heard, There's No Boom in Deafness
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Although parents have been predicting that loud music would destroy the ears of each new generation, um, forever, new research suggests that hearing loss is actually on the decline. According to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in January, the odds of hearing loss are 31 percent lower, overall, for baby boomers than for their parents. More

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Americans of All Races Don't Get Enough Sleep
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The 2010 Sleep in America poll, released Monday by the National Sleep Foundation, highlights common sleep issues in the United States. More

Cosmetic Surgeries Declined during Economic Downturn
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The number of cosmetic surgery procedures in the U.S. sagged for the second year in a row in 2009, according to an annual survey released Tuesday by a plastic surgeons association. More

Academy News

2010 AAO-HNS Membership Renewal Reminder
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If you have not yet renewed your 2010 AAO-HNS membership, renew now! Use our enhanced online payment system to renew your membership with a credit card. Questions or need help? Please contact us at memberservices@entnet.org, or from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm EST, toll-free at 1-877-722-6467 (U.S. and Canada) or 1-703-836-4444 (International).

Young Physicians Leadership Opportunity
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The AAO-HNS/F is currently soliciting applications for the AAO-HNS/F Leadership Institute. Thanks to the Leadership Institute's founding contributor, J. Pablo Stolovitzky, MD, this unique leadership opportunity will provide hands-on training through personal insight and experiences necessary to become a future leader in your discipline. The required 1-year commitment will focus on our key areas of leadership skills: non-profit organization management and organizational knowledge. The deadline for applications is April 12, 2010. Contact BOG@entnet.org with questions. Apply now.

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New York Otolaryngologists Rally to Be Allowed to Dispense Hearing Aids
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On March 9, 2010, otolaryngologists from across New York were joined by representatives from the AMA and MSSNY to meet with state legislators to urge support for A.10056. The bill would open up physician offices as a place for hearing-impaired patients to access hearing aids. Current NY law restricts physicians from deriving a profit from hearing aid sales, so few offer them. Learn more.

Help Build a Stronger AAO-HNS Foundation: Give to the Millennium Society
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By joining the Millennium Society, you can play an integral part in advancing the specialty. Your annual Millennium Society gift will support vital programs like research, education, resident leadership and development, and humanitarian and international outreach. As a member, you will receive an invitation to the exclusive Millennium Society Appreciation Lounge at the 2010 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Boston, and your generosity will be acknowledged in our publications. Visit www.entnet.org/donate today!

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World Voice Day Is April 16: Alert Us to Your Event NOW
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Each year on April 16, the Academy's members, both domestic and international, celebrate World Voice Day. The Academy is asking that anyone who plans to hold an event in honor of the observance send details of the event in advance and provide a contact person, no later than March 12. Please send your information to newsroom@entnet.org.

The Business of Medicine

Extension of the Zero Percent Update to the 2010 MPFS
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On March 2, 2010, Congress passed and the President signed the Temporary Extension Act of 2010.This law extends through March 31, 2010, the 0 percent update to the 2010 MPFS that had been in effect for claims with dates of service January 1—February 28, 2010. More

Request for Nominations for MEDCAC
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The Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) is seeking nominations for members. MEDCAC advises the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the CMS Administrator on whether medical items and services are “reasonable and necessary,” and eligible for coverage under the Social Security Act. If you are interested in being nominated, send your CV and letter of interest to Healthpolicy@entnet.org by March 22, 2010.

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MedPAC Releases Report on Medicare Payment Policy
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Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is an independent Congressional agency established to advise the Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. Recently, the agency released its March 2010 report to the Congress. Read the report.

Enjoy Quality Education from the Comfort of Your Office!
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The Association of Otolaryngology Administrators (AOA) offers webinars as a service to its members and other professionals in the ENT field. This month's webinar topics include: "The Latest on Meaningful Use and Federal EHR Incentives"; "Modifiers for Otolaryngology: It's About the Money"; and "Using Financial Benchmarking to Increase Net Income." Learn more about these great programs and sign up for one today!



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