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July 16, 2009
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Cast Your Vote
The 2009 AAO-HNS Election Proxy/Ballot is now available. Read about the secure, online voting system here, then go to the official ballot to let your voice be heard. To login to the online ballot, you will need to enter your first initial and last name as your user name, and your AAO-HNS member ID. If you have any questions about your login information, contact the Member Services department at 1-877-722-6467. More

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BOG Society Members: Ensure You Are Represented at the 2009 Annual Meeting!
As a BOG Governor, Legislative Representative, or Public Relations Representative, you play a unique and critical role in helping the AAO-HNS Board of Governors achieve success. All BOG societies are strongly encouraged to have at least one BOG representative attend all scheduled meetings of the BOG. BOG societies are required to attend at least one of every three BOG meeting to remain in good standing with the AAO-HNS. Email Academy BOG staff at , or call us at 1-703-535-3729 no later than September 14, 2009, to let us know who will be attending.

Update on Telemedicine Funding
The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Commerce have released a joint Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, deadline, August 14, 2009. Telemedicine and other health projects using telecommunications are specifically referenced. The full NOFA is available here. call to action

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Home Study Course registration EARLY RATE and online test option deadline is August 3, 2009
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: 2009 Excellence in Otolaryngology Journalism Award
Members are encouraged to nominate news articles that have improved the public’s understanding of otolaryngology. More

CALL TO ACTION - Contact Your Federal Legislators to Repeal Medicare SGR
It is vital we make Congress aware of the importance of repealing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and replacing the flawed payment formula with a permanent system this year. Please call your U.S. Representative and Senators today to deliver the message, “Comprehensive healthcare reform cannot be done without a permanent repeal of the sustainable growth rate!” Call the toll-free number at 1-877-925-8742. More

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  • In the Press

    Rachael Ray Undergoes Vocal Cord Surgery to Remove Benign Cyst
    from Daily News
    The vocal cord operation that omnipresent TV host Rachael Ray reportedly underwent last week has a very high success rate, which means the ebullient celebrity chef should be back in the kitchen before long. More

    Drug Might Restore Sense of Smell
    A drug once used to treat asthma and other respiratory conditions shows promise in restoring a sense of smell to those who have lost that precious ability. More

    Cut-Prone Fighters Turn to Surgery to Limit Bleeding
    from The New York Times
    Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters are turning to a Las Vegas plastic surgeon for a procedure that makes them less likely to bleed if they take a blow to the face. Medical researchers have not analyzed the procedure. More

    Increase in Thyroid Cancer Puzzles Experts
    from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    Intensified screening doesn't entirely explain the jump in thyroid cancers noted in the United States since 1980, and scientists now believe that other as-yet-unknown factors are to blame. More

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    Academy News

    AAO-HNSF/ANS Present Hands-On Hearing and Balance Workshops! Register Open!
    This year’s hands-on workshops, Hands-on Audiometrics for the Practitioner and Hands-on Evaluation of the Dizzy Patient, will be held Saturday, October 3, at the San Diego Convention Center in conjunction with the 2009 AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO. This important forum will provide hands-on experience with hearing healthcare to our growing audience of practicing otolaryngologists, fellows and residents. AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ has been approved for these workshops. For more information, please visit the Hearing and Balance Workshops Website.

    Free Webinar: Introduction of the Academy Benefit Partners 401(k) Program
    On Thursday, July 23, 12:30 PM and 5:30 PM EDT, ENT Resources, Inc. (ENTRI), the for-profit subsidiary of AAO-HNS, will sponsor/webcast “Academy Benefit Partners Integrated Retirement Plan Solutions,” featuring Michael Sanford, ENTRI Vice President of Business Development. Contact Michael Sanford at 1-703-879-7715 to reserve webinar seats.

    Annual Meeting Papers Deadline Set
    It is mandatory that all papers presented at the Scientific/Research sessions of the AAO-HNSF 2009 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO be submitted online to Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery no later than September 10, 2009, through Editorial Manager (EM). Authors of poster presentations and miniseminars are also encouraged to submit their papers to the Journal at any time, through Editorial Manager (EM).

    ENT Advocacy Network Recruitment Drive - Win a $200 Gift Card!
    AAO-HNS Government Affairs will award a $200 gift card to the person or state society who signs up the most new members for the ENT Advocacy Network by August 31. Network members have exclusive access to up-to-date information on the healthcare reform debate and other key legislative issues; a subscription to The ENT Advocate, a biweekly legislative e-newsletter; email alerts on issues impacting the specialty; and advocacy “Calls to Action,” to contact your legislators. To win, you must email with the names of your recruits, and they must submit their sign-up request by phone (1-703-535-3795), email, or online. Start recruiting members today! (In the event of a tie, the prize will be split accordingly.) More

    Consider a Gift to the AAO-HNSF
    It's easier than ever with online donations to AAO-HNSF! Please consider a tax-deductible contribution in support of the Millennium Society, a group of individuals who generously provide financial support to help the Academy and Foundation. More (login required)

    Apply for Resident Leadership Grant
    Each year, the Academy offers Resident Leadership Grants to residents and fellows-in-training to partially defray travel costs for attending the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO. Download the application.

    SRF Annual Survey Now Under Way
    The 2009 Section for Residents- and Fellows-in-Training (SRF) annual survey for U.S. members can now be taken. The Academy and your training program directors use this information to help improve benefits and services for you for your training experience. Take the survey.

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    The Business of Medicine

    CDC Issues H1N1 Antiviral Guidelines
    The CDC and AMA are working to get the word out to physicians that antiviral treatment of H1N1 infection is not where it should be and needs to be better. More

    Academy Sends Letter to CMS Regarding the RACs
    In March 2009, the Academy, as well as the AMA and other medical specialty societies, wrote a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to address our reservations regarding the permanent Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs). Read the letter and CMS’ response.

    Position Statement on Balloon Catheter Dilation Sunsetted
    On July 8, 2009, the Academy’s Executive Committee approved sunsetting a previously approved policy statement on sinus balloon catheterization. Hence, this policy statement is no longer valid and it has been removed from the Academy’s website. Currently, the Rhinology and Paranasal Sinus Committee is working to update this policy statement. More

    2010 Proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Provisions
    The Health Policy department has summarized the 2010 MPFS proposed rule and its impact on otolaryngology. View this summary.

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      International Update

    Joint Meeting with Chilean Society
    The Chilean Society of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery warmly invites AAO-HNS members to attend the second joint meeting with the Society, Coquimbo, La Serena, Chile, November 4-7, 2009. For details, click here .

    Bridge the gap from SLIT scientific evidence to clinical application by attending Expanding Allergy Treatment: Providing Sublingual Immunotherapy August 21-22, 2009. To register, visit click here.

    AcademyU Now Available for Apple and Firefox Users!
    It will be available on July 13, 2009.

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    2009 Home Study Course Registration Is Open
    Each section brings you a Study Guide filled with journal articles, a section outline, educational objectives, a reference bibliography, a self-assessment exam, and a faculty symposium. More

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