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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

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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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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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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