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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

Why 2017 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology

By Cecelia Damask, DO, Director of Educational Programs Due to popular demand, the AAOA is excited…

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CMS Releases Proposed Physician Fee Schedule for CY 2018

AAOA had participated in surveys for the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Relative Value Update Committee…

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CMS Releases Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule outlining the requirements…

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Changes in MACRA

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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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The AMA continues to hear from physicians who feel unprepared to participate successfully in Medicare’s new Merit-based Incentive Payment System, despite the transitional flexibility provided for 2017.
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Upcoming Dates

04/01/2018: Research Grant Cycle

10/01/2018: Research Grant Cycle
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07/31/18: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2018 Annual Meeting
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EDUCATION

Codes/Guidelines

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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Updated Advanced Course

Drs. Damask and Parker will lead the faculty for our annual Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology that builds on the Basic Course and delves further into allergy diagnosis, management, and treatment.
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Interactive Allergy & Rhinology Course

Course directors, Christine Franzese and Sarah Wise, are excited to announce the 2018 AAOA Interactive Allergy and Rhinology Course.
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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

2017 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 6-9 | Vail, CO.
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2018 Interactive Allergy & Rhinology Course
February 23-25 | Dallas, TX
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2018 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 5-7 | Hollywood, FL
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2018 AAOA Annual Meeting
September 14-16 | Philadelphia, PA
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Avoidance

The first most basic treatment step, once an allergen has been identified, is to eliminate or avoid contact with it, if possible. Unfortunately, avoiding some allergens (such as dust, molds, and animals) is often difficult and thus allergen avoidance alone may not be effective.

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News and Updates

Join me in Chicago at the Redesigned AAOA Annual Meeting

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Practice Management

Strategies & Tactics to Improve Efficiencies for Better…

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ReCAP — Review Of Core Allergy Principles

The AAOA Education Committee is pleased to…

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Application Process

Application Process

The AAOA Secretary reviews all membership applications and makes recommendations for consideration to the AAOA Board of Directors and, subsequently, the AAOA voting members.
During the AAOA’s Annual Meeting, the AAOA voting members convene to vote on new member candidates. In order to be considered, applications must be complete 45 days prior to the annual business meeting (approximately July 31st).
Once a complete application is processed, new member candidates will be eligible for member discounts while the application is under consideration.

Application fees are non-refundable and must be received prior to consideration.

Call 202-955-5010 or email Ben Wokas  for more information on the AAOA and membership benefits, or download and complete the membership application form.

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Membership Categories

Associate (Dues/Application Fee: $435)

Open to American Board of Otolaryngology certified/eligible otolaryngologists or other American Otolaryngology Boards as determined in the AAOA’s Rules & Regulations, who have an active practice in otolaryngology.

Academic Associate (Dues/Application Fee: $435)

Open to American Board of Otolaryngology certified/eligible otolaryngologists or other American Otolaryngology Boards as determined in the AAOA’s Rules & Regulations. In addition, the applicant must verify full-time Academic status at an ACGME accredited Otolaryngology or Osteopathic training program.

Military Associate (Dues/Application Fee: $435)

Open to American Board of Otolaryngology certified/eligible otolaryngologists or other American Otolaryngology Boards as determined in the AAOA’s Rules & Regulations. In addition, the applicant must provide documentation of active military status. A letter from the applicant’s superior officer is required with the application.

Resident (One-Time Dues: $45 /lifetime of residency)

Open to residents currently enrolled in an ACGME/American Board of Otolaryngology-approved or American Board of Osteopathy-approved otolaryngology residency program or other approved training programs as outlined in the Rules & Regulations. A letter of recommendation from the training program director or department chair is required with the application.

Allied Health (Dues/Application fee: $205)

Open to individuals who currently work for an active AAOA physician member as an otolaryngic allergy physician assistant, nurse practitioner, nurse, technician, administrator, or other paramedical personnel at the time of their application and every year there after.

International Member (Dues/Application fee: $435)

Open to otolaryngologists outside of the United States who can provide proof of recognition as a practicing otolaryngologist within their current country and who have an active practice in otolaryngology.

Advocacy

Yearly, the AAOA expends an enormous amount of staff and volunteer-leader time and expertise promoting and defending the scope and practice of otolaryngology, recognizing allergy as a core component.

Limited to active members, the AAOA will make every effort to assist on reimbursement, scope of practice, and other payer-related issues affecting the practice of otolaryngology and patient access to care. The AAOA has been successful in modifying how carriers interpret and reimburse common allergy diagnostic and therapeutic techniques such as IDT and in vitro testing, as well as working directly with CMS on Medicare issues. As members of the AMA House of Delegates, the AAOA has a seat on the AMA CPT panel, opportunities to participate in the Relative Value Update and Practice Expense Advisory panels, and serves on the Physician Consortium on Practice Guidelines (PCPI). This voice helps us to work on behalf of our members and their patients

As an otolaryngic advocacy campaign, the AAOA has joined forces with the American Rhinologic Society and the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery to promote the unique expertise otolaryngologists have in treating patients with sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, and related disorders.

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Benefits

Discounts & Benefits

As a member, you will be eligible for registration fee discounts on all AAOA CME functions and all of our patient education and practice management resources. These savings alone can offset most or all of your dues.

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Member Publications

Member Publications

AAOA Today newsletter

This quarterly communication tool updates members on issues related to the specialty (socioeconomic and educational), actions by the Board of Directors, research grant funding, educational course opportunities and registration materials.

International Forum on Allergy & Rhinology (IFAR)

IFAR is the official journal of the AAOA and its Foundation. This journal launched in 2011, and as an AAOA Associate or Fellow member you will receive print issues and have online access.

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Professional Development

Professional Development

Connect with a network of over 2,700 otolaryngic allergy healthcare providers to share knowledge and experience to help advance your skills in patient care. The AAOA offers the following CME programs annually: