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AAO-HNS/F - The News
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Election Day 2010 - Only Days Away!
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On Tuesday, November 2, 2010, Americans will cast ballots in many gubernatorial races and to elect the 112th Congress. It is important to support incumbents and candidates who will champion issues important to our specialty and patients. Vote on Election Day and visit our elections website for more info.

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Seeking State Medical Society Leaders
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Do you participate with your state medical society as a leader or legislative committee member? Connect with those in other states so you can communicate about shared issues. Please email legstate@entnet.org, noting your state and position, for more information.

In the Press

Screening Babies for Hearing Loss Can Improve Life if Deaf
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Screening newborns for hearing loss—which allows for early diagnosis and therapy—can significantly improve the lives of deaf and hearing-impaired children, who in the past often weren't diagnosed until age 2 or 3, a new study shows. More

NEW! High-level features in a cost-effective surgical microscope
The Leica M320 F12 bundles superior-quality optics with cutting-edge LED illumination and high-definition imaging technologies. ENT surgeons also benefit from ease of use and smooth maneuverability MORE


Turmeric Aids Head, Neck Cancer Chemo Drug
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Curcumin, found in the spice turmeric, enhances the head and neck cancer drug Cisplatin by suppressing cancer cell growth, U.S. researchers suggest. More



HPV Causing 'Slow Epidemic' of Oral Cancers
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Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a risk factor for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), and might account for the steady increase in OSCC incidence, even in subjects who do not smoke or consume alcohol, according to Swedish researchers. More

Academy News

Call for Nominations for the Goldstein Public Service Award
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Help us identify individuals worthy of consideration for the 2011 Jerome C. Goldstein Public Service Award, by nominating individuals who have given of themselves in commitment and service. To nominate a member, please contact Estella Laguna, elaguna@entnet.org to request the selection criteria and nomination form. Submissions are due by January 28, 2011. The winner will be selected by the Executive Committee and be recognized during the 2011 Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO Opening Ceremony in San Francisco, CA.

ENT Training for Physician Assistants
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Announcing ENT for the PA-C, a special educational opportunity designed to build the skill set of physician assistants in the ENT practice. The program will be held in Atlanta, GA, February 18-20, 2011. This activity is designated for AAPA Category 1 CME Credit. Registration opens November 1. For more information, please contact Maya Cunningham at mcunningham@entnet.org.

Wiley's Otolaryngology Portfolio

Our distinguished list of otolaryngology journals spans various specialties including allergy, lower respiratory tract, rhinology, sleep medicine, otology, laryngology, oncology, plastic & reconstructive surgery, and head & neck surgery.

To receive more otolaryngology and health sciences information, follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Wiley_Health


AAO-HNS/F Partners for Progress Support Vital Programs
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Join a growing number of group practices who are partnering with the AAO-HNS/F to advance the specialty by providing generous annual gifts in support of AAO-HNS/F programs. Special thanks to Augusta ENT; Boys Town Ear, Nose, and Throat Institute; ENT and Allergy Associates; Chicago Otolaryngology Associates; ENT Associates of Alabama; Island ENT/NY Facial Plastics; Long Island ENT Associates; Michael Rothschild, MD; Michael Setzen, MD, Otolaryngology; New York Otology Group; and Richard W. Waguespack, MD, Ear, Nose, and Throat. More

Beaver™ Specialty Surgical Products

Beaver-Visitec International maintains a commitment to quality by delivering products designed to consistently meet or exceed industry standards. Beaver™ specialty products are designed for ENT, orthopedic and other procedures.
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Special Offer on Resources to Support your Practice—Save up to 50% from Ingenix!
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It's more important now than ever to get accurate, timely payment. Developed by Ingenix and AAO-HNS, the 2011 Coding Companion for ENT/Allergy/Pulmonology provides the latest CPT® code sets along with Medicare payer information; CCI edits; helpful code descriptions, illustrations and tips; crosswalks to ICD-9-CM codes; clinical definitions; and much more. You get all the information you need, in a convenient, one-page format, to submit precise claims—and that means accurate, timely reimbursement for your practice.

Ingenix is pleased to present an exclusive, limited-time discount, available only to AAO-HNS members. Save up to 50%, plus get free shipping with this special offer when you pre-order your 2011 edition by November 15th. More

Regulatory Advocacy

Academy Successfully Urges Aetna to Pay for 30930
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Due to the Academy's advocacy efforts, Aetna has decided to cover CPT code 30930 when performed on the same date of service as 30520. Previously, Aetna had denied payment for 30930, but after the Academy sent a letter to Aetna, (login required) and followed up with a conference call, the insurer overturned their coverage position. View Aetna's response (login required).

Advocacy Effort to Respond to UHC Policy
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Correction: Last week, we included the wrong link for the letter we sent, the link has been updated, http://tinyurl.com/2df3aga.

New in Otolaryngology

Thieme is an award-winning provider of groundbreaking medical data and a world leading publisher of books and journals in Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.
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Academy Meets with New CMS Deputy Administrator for Program Integrity
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On October 19, 2010, Academy staff met with Peter Budetti, MD, JD, new CMS Deputy Administrator for Program Integrity, at a meeting hosted by the AMA. Dr. Budetti discussed strategies to identify and prevent fraud and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. More

The Business of Medicine

Updated: CPT for ENT
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We recently revised the CPT for ENT article, titled, "Coding for Nasal Endoscopy with a Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy." View the article.

"Beautiful Arizona!!"

Excellent opportunity to join an exceptional Otolaryngology practice, or establish an independent practice of your very own in the S/W corner of Arizona. Partnership track, vacation, CME, health benefits and relocation available.
Contact Pam Orendorff by email or phone 928-336-3032.  
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Not to Be Missed: Live Webinar
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Learn about the new, revised, and deleted codes in store for OTO-HNS in 2011 to ensure that you and your staff can bill the correct codes to obtain reimbursement. On Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at 1:00pm EST, join a live webinar, "Otolaryngology Coding Update 2011," facilitated by Jen Godreau, BA, CPC, CPEDC. As a member of the Academy, you can get 15% off your registration via this link, or call 1- 866-458-2965 with discount code AD8HTCX1.

System 2000 FireWire Auto-Traverse

Micromedical Technologies, Inc. System 2000 Firewire Rotational Chair now available with our new Auto-Traverse micro-centrifuge option. Call 800-334-4154 today to discuss your clinic’s needs for vestibular evaluation.
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Risk Reduction Workshop from Karen Zupko & Associates
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Learn more about risk reduction strategies, how to code correctly, and how to organize your business systems. The final workshop will be held in Chicago on November 5-6, 2010. The workshop is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for physicians. More

Introducing the NEW OPMI®VARIO 700 surgical microscope from Carl Zeiss

Crystal clear optics. Integrated high-definition video. Ergonomic design. Intuitive system operation. Unsurpassed clinical versatility. All the essentials in a single microscope. LEARN MORE


AOA's Newest Resource Available Now - A/R Manual
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The Association of Otolaryngology Administrators' newest resource, "Best Practices in Revenue Cycle Management," will help you collect more money in less time. The manual includes more than 100 policies and forms, or buy just the pieces you need. More

Pelleve™ Skin Tightening System
Pelleve™ is the newest innovation in skin tightening, recently FDA-cleared to treat facial wrinkles without surgery. Using radiowaves, the Pellev™ system heats the deep layers of the skin, causing collagen to contract and tighten. After treatment, the skin begins to produce new collagen, improving skin firmness and resulting in a naturally refreshed appearance. To learn more please click here.




Electro Lube™ - Anti Stick Solution


ENT surgeons use Electro Lube™ on their suction cautery devices to prevent sticking and clogging. More.


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