The Society of Physician Assistants in Otorhinolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery (SPAO-HNS)

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  • 23 Jun 2017 4:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MLN has released a report on its most recent CERT (Comprehensive Error Rate Testing) review.  The report shows the most common problems found included inadequate E&M documentation in the office and hospital.  It also provides topic-specific links to training resources.  To see the report click here

  • 31 May 2017 10:31 AM | Anonymous

    The Medicare Learning Network has many brief lessons online to improve your coding and reduce your risk of noncompliance issues. Many grant CME credits as well. *** 

    Try this one for starters!

    Avoiding Medicare Fraud & Abuse: Web-Based Training Course

    With Continuing Education Credit

    A revised Avoiding Medicare Fraud & Abuse: A Roadmap for Physicians Web-Based Training (WBT) course is available through the Learning Management System. Learn about:

    • Laws governing health care fraud and abuse
    • Real fraud and abuse cases
    • Medicare fraud and abuse resources

    ***Note: To access and get credits, you must register as a user.  One part of the registration asks for "Organization."  Just hit Search, leave the search box blank and hit Search again, then highlight the Medicare Learning Network button to sign up for MLN.

  • 10 Feb 2017 1:11 PM | Anonymous

    Join the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance in Celebrating the 2017 Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week®, April 2-9

    Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA) is hosting its Annual Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week®, OHANCAW®, April 2-9, 2017 and looks to another record-setting year. If you haven’t already, please be sure to register your screening site today!

    Since the institution of OHANCAW®, millions of Americans and thousands internationally have undergone free screenings and many lives have been saved through early detection and treatment.

    It involves an easy and simple process to host a screening event in your local community. HNCA provides the materials and the screening sites organize the staff and volunteers.

    To register your screening site and receive free educational materials for your OHANCAW® screening, click here.  Please know that screening sites must be a qualified medical or dental institution to host an OHANCAW® screening. 

    HNCA will be shipping the OHANCAW® kits in mid-March, 2017. Thank you to all our partners and screening sites who have hosted OHANCAW® screening and awareness events. HNCA looks forward to working with all of you in 2017.

    The Commission on Cancer has indicated that hosting an OHANCAW® screening will help during its accreditation process as an OHANCAW® screening serves as a community event.

    For individuals looking for free screenings during OHANCAW® and at any other time during the year, please be sure to go to locate a screening site in your area, by either searching or  

  • 25 Oct 2016 2:38 PM | Anonymous


    Program Proceeds Will Benefit the PA Foundation Student Scholarship Fund

    Johns Creek, GA, Oct. 25, 2016 – The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) has announced a new designation to honor currently and formerly certified Physician Assistants who have proven their dedication to lifelong learning and maintenance of certification and are now retired from practice. The PA-C Emeritus designation will be awarded to those PAs who:

    • ·         Are at least 60 years old or unable to practice due to permanent disability
    • ·         Are retired from clinical practice
    • ·         Have been NCCPA-certified at least 20 cumulative years as a PA
    • ·         Have no reportable actions in their NCCPA disciplinary history

    According to NCCPA Board Chair Denni Woodmansee, MS, PA-C, “The PA-C Emeritus designation recognizes certified PAs who have a long history of upholding the highest professional standards. It is a title of respect that acknowledges their willingness to complete rigorous recertification requirements throughout their careers as part of their commitment to the patients they served.”

    Through the end of 2017, NCCPA will accept applications from all PAs meeting the requirements above. Beginning in 2018, applications will only be accepted from currently certified PAs, to be awarded when their PA-C certification expires.

    Proceeds from the one-time $50 application fee will be donated to the PA Foundation to expand the NCCPA Endowed Scholarship that funds three annual scholarships to PA students.

    The PA-C Emeritus an honorary title and is not equivalent to PA-C certification; it is intended for those who no longer need to maintain certification.

    For more information or to apply, PAs should visit .

    About the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants: The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only certifying organization for physician assistants (PAs) in the United States. The PA-C credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who fulfill certification, certification maintenance and recertification requirements. NCCPA also administers the Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) program for experienced, Certified PAs practicing in seven specialties. For more information, visit

  • 24 Oct 2016 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    Please click here to view the 2017 ICD-10 Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting. This update is important for all providers and practices as these are the official coding guidelines from CMS. Coding correctly will reduce the number of denied claimed and failed audits. 

  • 15 Sep 2016 9:29 AM | Anonymous

    Our  group of 15 Otolaryngologists  is interested in providing clinical rotation sites to PA students.  With 7 office locations in three counties in South Jersey, our Physicians will educate PA students  on  recognizing and treating Ear, Nose and Throat diseases. By precepting  PA students through clinical rotations,  we can offer training with history and physical exam documentation and current standards of care.   Additionally, this rotation within will create future potential  employment opportunities for the students.

    If you are interested in discussing this opportunity further, you may reach out to me.    My contact information is below.


    Patricia Moser, COPM

    Chief Executive Officer

    Advanced ENT

    1020 Kings Highway – Ste. 201

    Cherry Hill, N.J. 08003-2123


    856-418-8100 Cell

  • 21 Jun 2016 1:24 PM | Anonymous

    Head and Neck Cancer and Endocrine Surgery Update

    Course Chairs

    Patrick Ha, MD, FACS
    Ivan El-Sayed, MD, FACS
    Jonathan George, MD, MPH

    Registration Fees

    Early Bird Ends - September 30, 2016
    Physicians $550
    Allied Health Professionals $425
    Residents/Fellows $425

    Regular Fee Begins - October 1, 2016
    Physicians $600
    Allied Health Professionals $475
    Residents/Fellows $475


    JW Marriott
    515 Mason Street
    San Francisco CA 94102
    Rates: $264/night
    Reservations: 800-228-9290
    Cut-Off date: October 26, 2016 or once room block is filled
    Online Reservations: please click here

    ► View more Course Details here

    ► Go directly to the Registration Page here
    Login to your account using your email address in order to register. If this is your first course with UCSF CME, please create a new account.

  • 31 May 2016 3:44 PM | Anonymous

    ENT for the Primary Care Provider

    DATE:  August 27, 2016

    CME Credits:  7.5 Prescribed Credits

    Location:  Mayo Clinic, Geffen Auditorium, Rochester, MN

    Provider:  ENT department/division


    Contact:  Susan Reigel


  • 17 Feb 2016 1:37 PM | Anonymous
    AAPA releases new resources surrounding the NCCPA PANRE Proposal.

  • 13 Jan 2016 9:22 AM | Anonymous

    Carroll Fredrick Poppen, 68, died on December 21, 2015 after an 18 month battle with Stomach Cancer. Carroll was a US Navy corpsman who was honorably discharged in 1969 and graduated as a PA from Duke University under Dr. Eugen Stead in 1972. After graduation, he took a job in Otorhinolaryngology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochster, MN, where he worked for 38 years. He was an active clinician, preceptor, mentor, and assistant professor for Mayo Medical School.  He frequenty lectured at state and national conferences, published over 20 professional journal articles and was recognized with the Mayo Clinic Karis Award in 2009.

    Carroll was a “Pioneer” of the physician assistant profession in the Midwest. He was the President of the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants in 1975 and 1995. He was the Secretary of the Society of Physician Assistants in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery from 1992-1994 and the President from 1994-1996. He was awarded an Outstanding Physician Assistant honor from the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 1991.

    Upon retirement in 2012, Carroll and Donna returned to DeSmet. He continued to practice medicine being employed part time at Midwest Ear, Nose and Throat of Sioux Falls through their outreach facilities. Carroll was a strong leader, inspirational mentor and a fun loving friend who always encouraged others to do their absolute best. While having achieved many professional accomplishments over his lifetime, his favorite memories were always with his family, who were by his side through the final days of his life.  Carroll left an indelible mark on our profession and our specialty, and will be missed.

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