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ENT Advocacy: Strategies & Impact

with Dr. Peter Manes

In this episode of the BackTable ENT podcast, Dr. Pete Manes, associate professor of rhinology at Yale, discusses political advocacy with host Dr. Ashley Agan.

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Dr. Peter Manes discusses ENT Advocacy: Strategies & Impact on the BackTable 170 Podcast

Dr. Peter Manes

Dr. R Peter Manes is an associate professor of surgery at Yale in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Ashley Agan discusses ENT Advocacy: Strategies & Impact on the BackTable 170 Podcast

Dr. Ashley Agan

Dr. Ashley Agan is a practicing ENT and assistant professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.


Dr. Manes begins by explaining how a life-long interest in government underlies his work as a physician-advocate with the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. Currently, he serves as the Academy’s Coordinator of Health Policy, where he contributes to private payer advocacy and Academy position statements. Drawing on this experience, he explains political challenges associated with being a smaller specialty, roles played by of Action Committees (PACs), and steps in legislative advocacy. Then, he shifts focus to cover how the Academy works with private payers to ensure fair reimbursement. The podcast concludes with resources to connect otolaryngologists with advocacy work.


00:00 - Introduction
01:02 - Dr. Pete Manes’s Advocacy Role
08:04 - The Importance of Advocacy in Medicine
20:24 - Scope of Practice and Physician Payment Reform
30:02 - Building Relationships for Healthcare Advocacy
37:12 - Navigating Insurance Companies for Patient Advocacy
42:33 - Utilizing Position Statements in Healthcare Advocacy
48:29 - Accessing Academy Resources for Healthcare Advocacy
50:43 - Exploring Opportunities for Engagement and Advocacy


Dr. Peter Manes’s Yale University Profile:

American Academy of Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Position Statements:

AAO-HNS Health Policy Contact:

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