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May 28, 2009
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Last Call for Humanitarian Travel Grant Applications
May 31 is the deadline to apply for $1,000 grants for humanitarian missions undertaken during the period of July-December 2009 for residents and fellows in training. Questions? Contact

New York Members: Contact Your Legislators in Support of Physician Dispensing Bill
The AAO-HNS and New York State Society of Otolaryngology are working with a coalition to seek adoption of S. 5257-A, which would strike a law that prohibits physicians from deriving a profit from hearing aid sales, if enacted. Opponents of the bill – organized audiology and hearing aid dispensers – are strongly lobbying the sponsor and other key legislators to defeat the proposal, and were successful, in the short term, in having the enacting clause of the bill struck. That is why your emails and calls to the sponsor, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, and your legislators urging their support are critically important. Please act today! Access the alert and sample letter.

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In the Press

Michigan Boy Dies after Laser Tonsil Surgery
from ABC News
An outpatient tonsillectomy on a Michigan 5-year-old turned tragic when the child fell in to a coma and died. AAO-HNS members David Darrow, MD, and Donald Keamy, MD, explained the risks associated with the procedure. More

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Some Acid-Reflux Drugs Tied to Pneumonia
from The New York Times
A growing number of hospital patients are routinely given drugs to prevent acid reflux. But a new study has found that patients who take these so-called proton pump inhibitors are at higher risk for pneumonia than those who do not. More

New Tool in the MD's Bag: A Smartphone
from Washington Post
The power and versatility of smartphones is leading more doctors to abandon their pagers and PDAs. Of the various smartphones on the market, such as the ones made by BlackBerry and T-Mobile, the iPhone's graphic, audio, video and memory capabilities are helping it take the lead in the medical field. More

Academy News

June Minicampaign Materials Now Available to Members
June’s minicampaign, which focuses on the value new research holds for the public and your patients, is now available in the Member section of the AAO-HNS website. Access the new materials here (login required) .

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2009 Excellence in Otolaryngology Journalism Award
This award, being given for the second year, recognizes excellence in journalistic writing in the balanced reporting of issues important to otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons and their patients. Members are encouraged to nominate news articles that have improved the public’s understanding of otolaryngology. More

BD Medical – Ophthalmic Systems provides BD Beaver™ ENT/Head & Neck blades are designed to help enhance control and operative efficiency in a wide range of procedures, from facial nerve dissection to myringotomy and tonsillectomy. Because the requirements of each product are so unique and specialized, each BD Beaver blade is shaped, angled and honed to help achieve the desired clinical result.
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SHORT SURVEY: Thyroid Surgery for Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Attention to all surgeons who perform thyroid surgery: You are invited to participate in a brief, three-minute survey that focuses on the use of parathyroid hormone as an early indicator for the development of hypocalcemia following thyroidectomy. Please click on the link below if you would like to participate in this study. Clinking on this link will serve as your consent to participate. Please note that all responses are completely anonymous and no protected health information will be collected. We appreciate your busy schedules, and we thank you for taking the time to participate in our study. More

The Business of Medicine

Upgrade Your Waiting Room Experience with Digital Signage
Physicians today have become more knowledgeable about the importance of marketing. But, how many consider a patient’s wait time as part of the marketing mix? One company’s study shifts this thinking from a focus on traditional tactics, such as newsletters and brochures, to marketing programs built with strategy in mind. Find out more.

Is Your Practice Ready for A Certified ENT Coder (CENTC)? Registration Now Open for Exam
The Certified ENT Coder (CENTC™) exam was developed by a team of leading ENT coders, the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and in conjunction with the American Academy of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery and the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators (AOA). The CENTC™ examinee will be tested on all facets of coding, from correctly interpreting physician office notes to the complex rules and regulations surrounding Medicare billing. Visit the AAPC’s website for more information on the exam and to register. More

New Toolkit from the AMA
The American Medical Association (AMA) partnered with the American Association of Preferred Provider Organizations (AAPPO) to develop the “Physician and other health care provider contracting toolkit,” which helps physicians, preferred provider networks (PPNs) and payers develop a common understanding during contracting discussions - what a PPN should include in a participating provider agreement, what kinds of questions to ask, and how to determine whether signing is in the best interest of their medical practices. Read the toolkit here.

Clarification about the Medical Privacy of Protected Health Information
CMS released an article providing guidance on the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Read the article here.

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  International Update

Last Call for China Delegation
KJ Lee, MD, invites you to join him and Academy colleagues for the memorable 6th delegation to China, including the 2nd Hua-Ren (World Chinese) Conference in Macau. More

  Humanitarian Update

Humanitarian Resident Travel Grants--Reminder!
Don't wait to start applying for a $1,000 travel grant if you are planning a humanitarian mission July-December 2009 and are a resident or fellow in training. The application deadline is May 31. More


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REGISTER NOW! Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO Registration Now Open
Early registration and housing for the 2009 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in San Diego, CA, October 4-7, is now open! Register.

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Prepare Your Patients for Allergies of Spring and Summer!
Seasonal change can aggravate allergies, and spring is here. Make sure your patients know the facts about allergies and hayfever, swimmer's ear, skin cancer, and other ear, nose, and throat conditions that come with rising temperatures and pollen counts. View our selection of patient leaflets; all available in the AAO-HNS/F MarketPlace on the Featured Products page. More

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