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April 7, 2017

Join AOA For Sessions at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting in Chicago
The Association for Otolaryngology Administrators is excited to present at the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting Sept. 10-13 in Chicago. These four innovative topics focus on the business side of medicine that will give physicians, residents, administrators and other attendees a glimpse of important practice management tactics. Encourage your physicians to attend these classes, and make sure to stop by to support AOA if you plan on attending the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting.


Monday, Sept. 11 | 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

After Residency: Finding the Right Job in Private Practice

Presented by: Todd Blum; Kevin Watson


Monday, Sept. 11 | 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Innovative Uses of Non-Physician Practitioners

Presented by: Ron Howrigon; Todd Blum; Kevin Watson


Tuesday, Sept. 12 | 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Effective Contract Negotiation: Beyond the Rate

Presented by: Ron Howrigon; Todd Blum; Kevin Watson


Tuesday, Sept. 12 | 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Otolaryngology 2020: Preparing for the Future

Panelists: Ron Howrigon; Kevin Watson; Charles Ford, MD

Moderator: Kris McGriff, COPM

Need OIG Compliance Screenings?

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Congratulations to Our Newest Certified Otolaryngology Practice Manager Kim Ahmed, COPM!

Please join the AOA in congratulating Kim Ahmed, COPM, on becoming our most recently certified practice manager! Kim is the practice manager for Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in Conyers, GA. Will you be the next to earn your Certification in Otolaryngology Practice Management (COPM)? Learn more about becoming a COPM on the AOA website. Congratulations again to Kim, and thank you for committing yourself to your profession!




Microsoft Office In-Office Training
Almost every office uses Microsoft Word or Excel. Your office probably has a "guru" who creates templates and spreadsheets with little effort - or it might even be you. Giving your office staff additional skills with these two programs can provide greater efficiency and give you the ability to assign additional tasks to your staff, and it can help them in their tasks outside the office too! Consider holding a class in your office after hours or on a Saturday for any staff wanting to increase their understanding of either of these programs. Start with the basics and work your way up, possibly through a series of classes. You'll be surprised at how many of them will take you up on it. And if you can increase their skill set, they will feel more empowered and responsible. Throw in pizza for those unpaid sessions and you'll find most of your staff will take part!


Spring Cleaning! Update Your Online Profile
It's AOA spring cleaning time! While you are tidying up around the office, be sure to log into your AOA account at to ensure that your profile is up to date. Fill in your practice demographics, add a profile picture and check off the categories that you have expertise in for our Networking List. The more robust your profile is, the more AOA can be of value to you and your practice!


To update your profile, visit the AOA website and log into the system. Click "My Profile" at the very top of the website, and then click "Manage Profile" in the blue box on the right-hand side. From there, you can "Edit Bio" to update you information.


Plant the Seed of Knowledge with AOA's Monthly "The ENT Voice" Newsletter
Sharpen your skills and grow your knowledge of healthcare legislativeby accessing "The ENT Voice" archives on the AOA website. Created in conjunction with DoctorsManagement, the monthly newsletter focuses on regulatory information, reimbursement, legislative issues and more that affect ENT as well as general healthcare. Reap this new AOA benefit by accessing "The ENT Voice" archives online and look for a dedicated email with the latest edition later this month.


Educate yourself and your office with AOA webinars. Learn about several upcoming titles below. Visit the AOA Webinars page to register. Secure your education for 2017 with the 2017 AOA webinar subscription for the low member rate of just $349.

April 12 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "
Best Practices in Practice Flow & Efficiencies" presented by Larry Brooks, AIA

April 26 @ 1 p.m. Eastern | "Employment Changes in 2017: What Does the New Administration Mean for Your Office?" presented by Lori Kleiman, SPHR

May 10 @ 1 p.m. Eastern| "Different Ways Proper Accounting Can Maintain a Healthy Business" presented by Brian Price and Amy Sac

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