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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

Brief Update on the Final CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule

On November 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final Physician Fee…

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FDA Revised Draft Insanitary Conditions Guidance

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states, in a revised draft guidance released this week, that…

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Allergy Comments on 2019 Proposed PFS

The Advocacy Council of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) together with its…

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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

04/01/19: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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06/01/19: Call For Scientific Abstracts Deadline
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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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12/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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EDUCATION

Be a Part of the 2019 AAOA Annual Meeting!

AAOA is accepting Scientific Abstracts for in-person oral or poster presentation at the 2019 AAOA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA - September 13-15, 2019. Submit Scientific Abstract 

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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

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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2019 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 12-14 | Austin, TX
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History of Allergy Treatment

The history of modern allergy treatment dates back to the early decades of the twentieth century with the demonstration of decreased response to grass pollens following conjunctival challenge done by Noon and Freeman.

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News and Updates

From the AAOA President, Matthew Ryan, MD

...the AAOA continues to be the organization that Otolaryngologists look to for up-to-date education and information on the…

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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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Impact OF 2019 Physician Fee Schedule on Allergy and Sinus Services

Specialty Impact

The conversion factor for 2019 will be $36.0391 and remains essentially flat.  The changes in the rule are budget-neutral in the aggregate which explains why the impact for all physicians is shown as zero.  The final rule shows changes in the range of minus5% to plus 4%, with allergy seeing a 1% decrease and otolaryngology seeing no change. 

Changes to Supply and Equipment Prices

CMS finalized its proposal to adopt updated direct PE input prices for supplies and equipment based on a market research study undertaken for this update.  However, in response to public comments including those from AAOA in coalition with the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the Advocacy Council of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, CMS improved the supply pricing for 3 antigen codes.  The final supply values for these three supply codes as well as others of interest to AAOA members follow.

Supply/Equipment Code Description CY 2018 Price Proposed CY 2019 Price Final CY 2019 Price
SH007 antigen, multi (pollen, mite, mold, cat) $6.700 $4.780 $8.960
SH009 antigen, venom $20.140 $27.360 $30.930
SH010 antigen, venom, tri-vespid $44.050 $51.320 $60.240
SA106 Balloon Sinus Surgery Kit $2,599.86 $2,876.22 $2,374.33

Determination of PE RVUs – Balloon Sinus Surgery Kits 

CMS solicited comments on whether the quantity of0.5 balloon sinus surgery kits per sinus included CPT codes 31295-31297 was typical and whether the pricing of the kits is appropriate.  Based on the comments received, the agency decided not to make any changes to the balloon sinus surgery kit supply code outside of the market-based supply and equipment update as they do not believe they have sufficient information to revise the quantities or prices.

Scope Proposals for CY 2019

MS did not make any further changes to scope equipment in the CY 2019 final rule and are waiting until CY 2020 to allow them to incorporate feedback from the RUC Scope Equipment Reorganization Work groupthat will make recommendations on scope organization and pricing. 

The agency did update the price of the scope video system (ES031) from $33,391 to $36,306 to reflect the addition of the LED light and miscellaneous small equipment associated with the system that is not separately priced.