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June 30, 2017

LAST CALL: Benchmarking Surveys Due TODAY
This is your LAST CHANCE to be a part of the record. The AOA and AAO-HNS need your help to create the best benchmarking/socioecomic data otolaryngology has ever had. All benchmarking data and surveys are due TODAY. Access the files on the AOA website and complete them by the weekend! Also, please encourage your physicians to complete the socioeconomic survey.


AOA Nominations - Nominate Yourself or a Colleague by July 10

Are you looking to become more involved with your association? Know a colleague with exceptional leadership skills? Then consider running for one of our two open positions for the 2017-18 fiscal year! We are looking for candidates to run for President-Elect and Member-at-Large. The term begins at the AOA-35 Annual Educational Conference in Las Vegas and will conclude at the AOA-36 Annual Educational Conference in New Orleans. Learn about each position and complete the nomination form on the AOA website.


Why Even Public Info Must Be Kept Private Under HIPAA

Source: Reed Tinsley CPA
A not-for-profit health care system recently agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights $2.4 million as part of a settlement over potential Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations. The incident at issue involved the system releasing a patient’s name to the press, consumer advocacy groups, and politicians following a highly publicized event at a clinic. The lesson: covered entities and business associates should educate their public relations staff and leadership about what qualifies as “protected health information” (PHI), and that PHI may be disclosed only as permitted by HIPAA, regardless of whether the information is already known publicly. Read the full article on Reed Tinsley's website.



Have You Read the AOA-35 Brochure Yet?
Because it kicks butt! Before a hectic holiday week, take time today to check out the educational schedule in the AOA-35 brochure and register to be in Las Vegas this fall.



Where Did All My Windows Gadgets Go?!
Love the newer version of Windows but hate that you lost all your gadgets? You’re not alone! Yes, the windows tiles can display a lot of what used to be there, but not all of it. Wait long enough and somebody will fix just about everything. For your desktop gadgets that display your calculator, clock, news feed, music, weather and more, go to and download the toolbar to your computer.


Newest AOA University Module: Basic ENT Procedures

Enhance your office training this summer with AOA's newest AOA University module. "Basic ENT Procedures" introduces viewers to commonly performed ENT procedures, procedural protocols, and terminology and methodology of procedures. Purchase yours on the AOA Store. Interested in learning about other modules or requesting a module preview? Check out the AOA University website on AOA's website.


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.

"Ransomware and HIPAA Risks - BE VERY CAREFUL HERE" presented by Brian L. Tuttle DOWNLOAD AT YOUR CONVENIENCE!!!

July 17 @ 1:00 p.m. Eastern | "Creative Leadership TED Talk" presented by Jonathan Fanning

Aug. 9 @ 1:00 p.m. Eastern | "HIPAA Compliance: Texting and Emailing with Patients" presented by Jim Sheldon-Dean


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