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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

Act Now to Avoid MACRA Penalties

Before the close of 2017, all physicians must take action to avoid the 4 percent…

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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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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).…

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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

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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IFAR

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 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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2018 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 6-8 | Atlanta, GA
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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

Choose the IndependENT 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting!

Building off the success of our radically re-designed Chicago Annual Meeting, we look forward to…

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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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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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