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Special Communication | Presidential Address

The Role of the Head and Neck Surgeon in the New World of Health Care Reform

Douglas A. Girod, MD1
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1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City
JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015;141(12):1140-1144. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2015.0651.
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The landscape of health care delivery in the United States is in the midst of irreversible and progressive changes that present tremendous opportunities to do maximal good for patients. Clinicians must embrace this opportunity to ensure this redesign is done properly and to the benefit of patients—not the bottom line of the health system. This sweeping change in health care will also align the benefits of preventive care and public health with the economic health of health systems for the first time. Clincians will be incentivized to ensure that legislative environment fully supports efforts to create a healthier population—which for the American Head and Neck Society means a reduction or elimination of tobacco use and widespread HPV vaccination of children.

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