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The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) represents over 2,700 Board-certified otolaryngologists and health care providers. Otolaryngology, frequently referred to as Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), uniquely combines medical and surgical expertise to care for patients with a variety of conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat, as well as commonly related conditions. AAOA members devote part of their practice to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disease. The AAOA actively supports its membership through education, research, and advocacy in the care of allergic patients.

"Dedicated to enhancing knowledge and skill in the care of the allergic patient."

ADVOCACY UPDATES

USP Update

Final Standards for Allergen Extract Compounding under USP Chapter 797 The long-awaited new USP Chapter…

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Impact OF 2019 Physician Fee Schedule on Allergy and Sinus Services

Specialty Impact The conversion factor for 2019 will be $36.0391 and remains essentially flat.  The changes…

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Your AAOA at the AMA

I want to urge you to consider membership in the AMA because your membership in…

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Changes in MACRA

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Before the close of 2017, all physicians must take action to avoid the 4 percent cut that will be assessed in 2019 for not participating in the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  Read More

CMS Announces Changes in MACRA Implementation Timeline. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced major changes to the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization (MACRA).
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Upcoming Dates

07/31/19: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2019 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2019 Annual Meeting
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12/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/20: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/20: Research Grant Cycle
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06/01/20: Call For Scientific Abstracts Deadline
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06/7/20: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2020 Basic Course

EDUCATION

New Orleans: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Much like the Clash song lyrics, many of you will flip through this AAOA Today issue trying to assess whether it is worth the cost to get on a plane to participate in the AAOA’s Annual Meeting. We recognize you have lots of CME options, some are even competing with our meeting in New Orleans. Read More

IFAR

IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454

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Changes in Managing Practices

Mission

Working together with AAOA staff, volunteer leadership and members will enable us to have a positive impact on our members’ practices.

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Live and Online CME

2019 AAOA Annual Meeting
September 13-15 | New Orleans, LA
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2019 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 12-14 | Austin, TX
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2020 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 9-11 | Orlando, FL
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PATIENT CORNER

Off to College: Tips for Managing Allergies

Heading to college is an exciting time. What are the best ways for students to avoid exacerbation of their symptoms as they enter the hallowed halls of higher learning?

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College Allergy Symptoms Treatment Back to Shcool

News and Updates

New Orleans: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Much like the Clash song lyrics, many of you will flip through this AAOA Today…

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International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology Top Articles 2018-2019

Read top articles published in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology 2018-2019. Most Cited International Consensus…

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CEO Update – Re·im·ag·ine

re·im·ag·ineverb reinterpret (an event, work of art, etc) imaginatively; rethink Reimagined, Reinvented, Reinvigorated….these are all…

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President’s Message: Five Items AAOA Members Need to Know 2017

  1. MACRA  (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) is different from ACA (Affordable Care Act)

    Most of the quality and EMR measures initially listed in the ACA, such as Meaningful Use, are being replaced by Quality Payment Programs (QPP) such as MIPS.  While politics are difficult to predict and there are calls to repeal and replace ACA, physicians will still likely be affected by MACRA and its QPPs.  Physician data collection for MACRA began in 2017.  The AAOA will strive to keep our members up to date and provide useful links to resources.  A good place to start is CMS for the unfamiliar.

  2. How do members get more involved?

    1. Become an AAOA Fellow.
    2. Submit for Research Grants.
    3. Submit an Instruction Course for the Annual Meeting (Deadline March 1st).
    4. Participate in AAOA Committees. Visit Our Join or About pages.
  3. What is the AAOA Leadership working on?

    • Our digital platform is in its early years and we are looking for the best ways to create and deliver.
    • We are working on a large literature review on Allergic Rhinitis (ICAR) for our journal which will serve as an excellent reference for our members.
    • Our social media presence has increased recently; follow the AAOA on Twitter (link).
    • Redesign of MOC/Core Basic Meeting into the more interactive Allergy /Rhinology Course.
    • The Annual Meeting continues to be modified to be more valuable to our members.
    •  The IFAR journal continues to grow with higher metrics of reputation and new Podcasts that have proved popular.
  4. There continues to be issues with allergy mixing included in more stringent compounding regulation.

    Regulations prompted by infections complications from spine and joint injections affect the AAOA and our friends in Allergy Immunology and other ENT sub-specialties.  The AAOA is actively working with other professional societies to educate the FDA and pharmacist organizations about the exceptional low risk of infection from allergy immunotherapy and the importance of not creating unnecessary barriers to access.   Large responses to surveys and requests for public comments have been very helpful in our advocacy of safe, accessible, and personalized immunotherapy.

  5. Allergy and Sinus Codes are in different phases of review.

    The AAOA will continue to work with other societies, including the AAO-HNS and the AMA, to provide informed decision-making as codes are reviewed.  AAOA members’ co-membership in the AAO-HNS and the AMA are essential to provide a greater political voice in valuation of codes.

AAOA staff, volunteer leadership, and members continue to work together on array of issues that directly impact our member’s practices.  It is an important time to be an active AAOA member.

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Whit Mims, MD

AAOA President

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