Delegates from UNC's Department of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery join with their colleagues from Duke to talk with Representative George Holding about reform of the Sustainable Growth Formula and other political issues as part of the 2013 Otolaryngology Advocacy Summit.
Residents Anand Dugar, Cristine Klatt-Cromwell, and Gita Madan-Fleischman along with medical student Robert Taylor participated in the 2013 AAO-HNS Board of Governors (BOG) Spring Meeting and Advocacy Summit. The BOG meeting brought together local, regional, and national otolaryngology—head and neck surgery societies from around the United States to identify issues affecting otolaryngologists, research and recommend solutions, and advocate for action from members and political leaders. Notable presentations included, “Quality in Otolaryngology: What the Public Expects from Us,” and, “Legal Implications of the Affordable Care Act on ENT Practice.” This led into the Advocacy Summit, where participants learned about the most significant legislative issues affecting the practice of otolaryngology and met with members of Congress and their staffs to discuss them. Key issues discussed included the Sustainable Growth Rate Formula, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, the Truth in Healthcare Marketing Act of 2013, and the Training Tomorrow’s Doctors Today Act.
Many thanks to everyone who made this unforgettable experience possible: UNC’s Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, the North Carolina Society of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, and the ENT Political Action Committee.
For more information about issues affecting the practice of otolaryngology and resources to get involved, visit the ENT Political Action Committee at www.entpac.org/.