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Aug. 21, 2008
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VOTE! Don’t Miss Your Chance!
Voting in the 2008 AAO-HNS Election Proxy/Ballot is easier than ever with our new secure online voting system. It should only take a few minutes to read about the candidates who will help shape the future of the organization that represents you. Cast your ballot here.

The Academy Moves This Weekend
The AAO-HNS/F Headquarters offices will be closed Friday, August 22, 2008, and will not reopen until Tuesday, August 26, 2008

We are moving to 1650 Diagonal Road, Alexandria VA 22314-2857, just down the street from the office at 1 Prince Street. While the main phone number of 1-703-836-4444 remains the same, individual staff numbers will change. They are available to members when you login to the website at www.entnet.org.

Contact your U.S. Representative and Senators and Ask Them to Tell CMS to Delay the Implementation of CMS Transmittals 84, 1470, and 1550!
On July 15, 2008, CMS issued transmittal 1550, which reinforces earlier transmittals 84 and 1470, stating that audiologists must obtain a National Provider Identifier (NPI) and enroll in Medicare by October 1, 2008, in order to bill for audiological services to Medicare beneficiaries. Despite repeated attempts by the AAO-HNS to obtain additional information from CMS and to discuss with them the significant issues and challenges otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons have with transmittals 84 and 1470, CMS appears to be unmoved in their determination to implement these transmittals.

We are asking all AAO-HNS members to contact their Members of Congress to urge them to intervene with CMS on this matter. Ask your legislators to tell CMS to rescind, or at the very least postpone implementation of, transmittals 84, 1470, and 1550 pending a larger discussion on "incident to" billing. More

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Take Action

2008 Home Study Course Registration Closes September 5, 2008
For information or to print the registration form, visit the Home Study Course page.

In the Press

Ear Infections May Increase Obesity Risk
from WebMD
Early research suggest that kids with frequent ear infections are at increased risk of becoming overweight later in life. The findings were presented at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention. More

Hearing Loss, Lack of Sleep Impair Back-to-School Health
from Medical News Today
As the new school year approaches, many parents are preparing their children by buying school supplies, new clothes, and organizing fall sporting events. But in order to help kids get a healthy head start to the school year, the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) also recommends taking a closer look at your child's health for common ear, nose, or throat-related health issues that might affect academic success. More

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Snoring in Kids Could Signal Sleep Apnea
from St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Snoring is common in children, but, in some cases, the snoring is only a symptom of a more serious health concern, obstructive sleep apnea. The disorder is estimated to occur in one out of five children who snore, or 1 to 3 percent of the pediatric population. It is most common from ages 2 to 6. Obstructive apneas occur when a pause or relative decrease in breathing takes place due to collapse of tissue, usually in the throat, that blocks the passage of air. This leads to a brief awakening to overcome the obstruction, and, in turn, a fragmented sleep pattern. More

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Academy News

Coming August 22nd! Patient of the Month Program (Online Version)
PMP Online will be available for the first year to current PMP subscribers, at no cost beyond their subscription to the paper or CD version of Volume 38. See our online demo here

The 2nd Annual Academic Bowl
Again this year, the Annual Meeting will offer attendees a chance to match wits with bright residents in the Second Annual Academic Bowl. From 10:30 am–12:00 pm on Sunday, September 21, the top otolaryngology residency programs in the country will compete in a clinically oriented test of knowledge. The audience will also be able to join in and answer, using wireless response handhelds located at every seat (although audience answers will be anonymous). More

New COOL Cases Now Available Online
COOL Cases are interactive case studies for residents, medical students and non-ENT health professionals. We have recently released new COOL cases, including: Pharyngitis, Dysphagia, and Sleep Medicine for the General Practitioner. More

Annual Meeting Submissions to the Journal
It is mandatory that all papers presented at the Scientific (Clinical Research) Sessions of the Annual Meeting, and all AAO-HNS/F-sponsored research papers, be submitted to Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery no later than September 5, 2008. Authors who do not submit required papers will not be permitted to present at the 2009 Annual Meeting.

ALL manuscripts must be submitted online, through Editorial Manager (EM), at http://otohns.edmgr.com. Mandatory submissions are due by September 5, 2008. All submissions must meet Journal requirements for peer review. Review the author guidelines here

Feel Free to Lounge Around
There will be three new lounges at the Annual Meeting this year! Spend quality time in special Academy Lounges conveniently located throughout the OTO EXPO floor. Use the Lounge to take a break or connect with the Academy and with your fellow Annual Meeting participants during OTO EXPO hours.

International: International visitors and U.S. attendees interested in international outreach are invited to meet and mingle in the International Lounge. More than 80 nations are represented at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO each year.

Networking: Create and renew connections within your member community. Co-hosted by the Academy’s Women in Otolaryngology Committee and the Section for Residents and Fellows.

Research into Practice: Become part of the research into practice continuum to advance care in otolaryngology. Learn about BEST-ENT and CORE grants and other opportunities.

Get an Advantage
AAO-HNS has teamed with premium brand vendors to bring our members a wide variety of products and services for their professional, business, and personal needs that can offset the cost of dues. They include insurance products, reimbursement coding services, group purchasing organization, financial services, point of care marketing, and printing and office supplies. Explore these offers and this valuable member benefit. More

Compelling Conversations at the Academy Booth – LEGISLATIVE AND BOG EDITION
Stop by the Academy’s Booth for the Compelling Conversations series, featuring various members of the Academy’s leadership. Lee Eisenberg, MD, Academy Coordinator for Legislative Affairs, and Jerry Schreibstein, MD, Chair-elect of the Board of Governors, invite you to come and talk about advocacy and activism in the Academy and the BOG. In light of the current political landscape, your participation is vital. Come and see how you can make a difference that will shape the specialty for years to come. Stop by the Academy’s booth on Tuesday September 23, 2008, from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm for this important event! Visit the Academy’s booth webpage for a full schedule of all of the Compelling Conversations sessions.

Featured Programs
Check the featured programs page often for information about all meetings, programs, awards, and receptions that make up the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting. More

Attention Residents and Fellows-in-Training
Are you ready to make a difference? The Section for Residents and Fellows is seeking candidates to apply for positions on the SRF Governing Council and Appointed Officers. Voting for officers will take place during the SRF General Assembly at the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO on Monday, September 22, 2008. Applications are due on September 2, 2008. Apply here

Residents Can Submit a Resolution
A resolution is a request for the Section for Residents and Fellows to take action, consider an idea or strategy, and/or adopt policy or take a position. Getting some colleagues with the same opinion to “co-sponsor” the resolution only makes it stronger. Applications are due on September 2, 2008. Submit here before the September 2, 2008, deadline

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  International Update

International Attendees Should Dress to Impress at Annual Meeting
International delegates and their spouses are encouraged to wear national dress at evening social events. If your national dress is a business suit, we suggest a lapel pin with your national flag or society emblem. Whether your national dress is a Nehru jacket, batik shirt, bu-bu, or sari, please remember to pack it! This helps us welcome visitors and add to the festive celebrations of our specialty’s diversity.

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  Humanitarian Update

Humanitarian Open Forum - New and Expanded
Following the annual meeting instruction course, “Worldwide Otolaryngology Missions,” given by Distinguished Humanitarian Awardees David S. Parsons, MD, and Drew M. Horlbeck, MD, Sunday, September 21, 12:00 noon-1:30 pm, please join us for the Humanitarian Open Forum, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, at McCormick Place (room to be announced). To book time on the Forum program, contact Erika Hoganson at humanitarian@entnet.org or 1-703-525-3736.


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Take Action
2008 Annual Meeting Events Calendar Now Online
Browse the Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO committee meetings schedule, social events, and meeting programs at the Academy’s annual meeting website.


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