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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

Congress Makes Changes to MACRA

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

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CMS Extends the MIPS 2017 Data Submission Deadline from March 31 to April 3 at 8 PM EDT

If you’re an eligible clinician participating in the Quality Payment Program, you now have until Tuesday, April 3,…

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Congress Moves Closer to Close the Books on FY 2018 Appropriations

In a span of 4 days, Congress passed legislation to fund the government through March…

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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

06/01/2018: Research Grant Cycle

12/01/2018: Research Grant Cycle
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06/15/18: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2018 Basic Course

07/31/18: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2018 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2018 Annual Meeting
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04/01/2019: 2019 Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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EDUCATION

Why attend the 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia from September 14-16? Learn some of the reasons to attend from the AAOA Leadership and staff. Register

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 AAOA Annual Meeting
September 14-16 | Philadelphia, PA
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2018 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 6-8 | Atlanta, GA
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AAOA Clinical Insights
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PATIENT CORNER

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

Burnout: A Real Problem, Not Just a Trendy Talk Show Topic

When you really look at hot topics in medicine, physician burnout seems to really skyrocket…

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So, You Think You Have Been to the Advanced Course….

We all suffer from the need to find new and innovative educational content to help…

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2018 AAOA Basic Course…This is not the same course you may have attended before!

On behalf of the AAOA we would like to extend a personal invitation to join us…

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AAOA Member Advocacy Update: Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).  

What are the meaningful proposed changes for Otolaryngology?

Percutaneous Allergy Skin Tests (CPT code 95004) 

Identified through the high expenditures screen as potentially mis-valued. CMS is proposing to maintain the work RVU of 0.01, as recommended by the RUC. For the direct PE inputs, CMS is proposing to refine the equipment times for exam table and mayo stand to 79 minutes each to account for clinical 1:4 patient monitoring time. For supplies, proposing a price of 3 cents for SH101 “negative control, allergy test” and 13 cents for “positive control, allergy test”. 

The AAOA worked collaboratively with the AAAAI and ACAAI to maintain the work value and mitigate the reduction in the practice expense values. 

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Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (ESS) and Balloon Sinus Dilation (BSD) Codes 

Working collaboratively with AAOHNS and ARS, a physician survey was deployed for the Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (ESS) and Balloon Sinus Dilation (BSD) codes tagged due to the frequency with which certain combinations of the ESS codes are performed together. The ESS codes had not been reviewed since the early 1990s. As a result, the new survey data showed a lower intraservice time. These drops resulted in decreased values ranging from 7.9 to 23.6 percent. The Balloon Sinus Dilation (BSD) survey results were more consistent with previous values, having been recently surveyed in 2011.

Please see attached the report on the 2018 proposed 2018 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule – Allergy Services, Evaluation and Management, and Endoscopic Code Values – bringing forth changes and how they are expected to impact Otolaryngology, including the proposed 2018 Endoscopic Code Values Compared to 2017 Values, the 2018 proposed physician fee schedule for Allergy Services, and the 2018 proposed physician fee schedule for Evaluation and Management.  

The recommended values by CMS are only agency proposals at this point. The AAOA will continue to work with AAOHNS and ARS to submit comments on these proposed values.

Please visit AAOA’s Practice Page for more resources.

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