This year the AAO-HNS has collaborated with the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators (AOA) to condense the length of the 2017 Socioeconomic Survey and work in conjunction with the AOA to collect data from the specialty that will provide the most comprehensive data we’ve ever been able to produce. The AAO-HNS Socioeconomic Survey is disseminated to all members (excluding military, retirees, and those in training).

Your assistance is requested to complete this section of the survey by June 30, 2017. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Your cooperation on this survey will provide valuable data for the specialty and provide great benchmarking data for our members.

* 1. First name

* 2. Last name

* 3. Email address

* 4. What is your gender?

* 7. Have you practiced clinically in the past 12 months?

* 8. Including yourself, how many physicians are in your practice?

* 9. Please indicate which of the following best describes your work setting.

* 12. On average, how many hours, in total, do you work per week?

* 15. Compared to 2015, was your 2016 personal net income (W-2) higher, lower, or about the same?

* 16. During 2016, what was your person net income (W-2) from your medical practice after expenses but before taxes? Please include all income from fees, salaries, retainers, bonuses, and deferred compensation. Do not include investment income from medical related enterprises independent from your medical practice, dividends, and other returns from investments in medical related enterprises such as laboratories, imaging centers, ambulatory surgery centers, real estate, or and fringe benefits you may have received.

* 17. Which of the following do you plan to do in the next three (3) years.  Please check all that apply.

* 18. In your opinion, the number of practicing otolaryngologists-head and neck surgeons is...?

  Too Few Just Right Too Many
In the metropolitan area from which you draw patients
In the United States as a whole

* 19. Please indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with each of the following statements:

  Agree Strongly Agree Somewhat Neither Agree Nor Disagree Disagree Somewhat Disagree Strongly
During the last year, I have had adequate time to spend with my patients during office hours.
With more diagnostic and treatment options available to me, I am spending more time in direct patient care.
Reimbursement and/or liability issues are forcing me to limit the scope of my practice.
There is a greater demand for services from my practice than we can currently provide.
It is a priority for my practice to increase patient volume.
Administrative burdens with payers are making me consider dropping private payer contracts.
I have been unilaterally dropped by a private payer in the last 3 years due to their reimbursement/quality credentialing.
I am satisfied with the complexity of my patient case mix.
I am considering closing/limiting my practice to Medicare patients for payment and/or reporting reasons.
EHR burdens are limiting my visit volume and time spent with patients.

* 20. On average, how many days out are your non-emergent patients scheduled (that is, how long of a wait do patients have to see you)? If none, enter "0".

* 21. Compared with three (3) years ago, in general, for the services that you provide, have practice net collections increased, decreased, or stayed the same for the following services?

  Increased Stayed the same Decreased N/A
Audiology services
Allergy services
In office surgical procedures
In office imaging services
Hearing aid sales
Elective procedures

* 22. For each service in the above question, that is DECREASED, what contributed to the decrease? Please be specific.

* 23. Have you ever experienced adverse or negative economic or quality-based profiling by any third-party payers?

* 24. Are you reporting PQRS/MIPS/MACRA information to CMS?

* 25. If you are incurring a penalty for MU/PQRS, what is the percentage?

* 26. Is your practice compensation based on wRVUs?

* 27. If yes, how are the wRUVs in your practice converted to actual dollars?

* 28. How many sinus ostial dilations do you complete each month?

* 29. What clinical indications do you use to determine when to perform sinus ostial dilation?

* 30. If you are an academic department, the benchmarking survey for academics will come out after FY17 closes and reporting is complete (beginning of August). Please provide the name of the administrator as well as the email address for your administrator to receive the  academic survey. This information will be removed from the remainder of the survey before it is analyzed.

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