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Celebrating Over 75 Years Of Service

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

EpiPen Shortage Update

FDA has a drug shortage database which includes reasons for and updates on drug shortages. Today the…

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Breaking News on USP Chapter 797

An updated draft of USP Chapter 797 was released today. Updated Chapter 797 Posted for Public Comment: Separate Requirements…

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Congress Makes Changes to MACRA

The second year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) authorized by the Medicare Access and…

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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

12/01/2018: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/2019: 2019 Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/2019: Research Grant Cycle

06/7/19: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2019 Basic Course

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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EDUCATION

Different Advanced Course

What is it in today’s otolaryngology practice that is resonating as a hot topic? Where are the novel treatment strategies? What is today’s typical otolaryngology practice or more specifically the typical AAOA member’s practice?  These are the questions we try to address when building out our Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology. Read More

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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IFAR

Editor in Chief Search
The ARS-AAOA IFAR LLC is pleased to announce its search for Editor in Chief, term beginning April 2020. Read More

IFAR Impact Factor: 2.135

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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

2018 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 6-8 | Atlanta, GA
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2019 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
June 27-29 | Minneapolis, MN
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2019 AAOA Annual Meeting
September 13-15 | New Orleans, LA
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AAOA Clinical Insights
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PATIENT CORNER

OTC Allergy Medications

There seem to be more and more medications available for allergy treatment that  you can now purchase over the counter.
The FDA is allowing previously prescription only drugs to be made available directly to the consumer without a prescription — adding more to the over-the-counter options in the healthcare aisles.

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News and Updates

FDA Approves First Generic Version of EpiPen

The Food and Drug Administration approves the first generic version of EpiPen and EpiPen Jr.…

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Social and Networking Events at the 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual Meeting assures to be not only educational, interactive, and practice-centered, but also…

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2018 AAOA Annual Meeting – Important Dates

August 22 - Extended Hotel Discounted Rate Deadline Room Rate Room rate is $219 (plus 15.5%…

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The Top Five Items AAOA Members Should Know

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  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.
  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.

Whit Mims, MD

AAOA President

AAOA President Mims

Whit Mims MD

Dr Mims is a board certified physician serving the AAOA community as the 2017 AAOA President. Learn More about the AAOA’s Leadership.

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President Message

President Message

Are lectures the best way to educate physicians?  What does it take for us to change how we practice?  What practical information does the AAOA private practitioner need the most?…

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