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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

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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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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Changes in MACRA

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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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The AMA continues to hear from physicians who feel unprepared to participate successfully in Medicare’s new Merit-based Incentive Payment System, despite the transitional flexibility provided for 2017.
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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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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

2017 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 6-9 | Vail, CO.
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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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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

Join me in Chicago at the Redesigned AAOA Annual Meeting

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Practice Management

Strategies & Tactics to Improve Efficiencies for Better…

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ReCAP — Review Of Core Allergy Principles

The AAOA Education Committee is pleased 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 to announce that this year’s Advanced Course will be returning to beautiful, picturesque Vail Colorado. Vail is scenic, has beautiful weather, and of course is the perfect place for skiing with the third largest ski mountain in North America. The Vail Marriott Mountain Resort will be hosting us. With the ambiance of a European ski chalet and a plethora of wonderful amenities, the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort provides everything you need to ski, shop, and relax in Colorado. It has a prime location at the base of Vail Mountain; just steps away from the Eagle Bahn Gondola.

Vail Ski Resort is nothing short of amazing. Vail mountain covers over 5000 acres and is surrounded by 350,000 acres of national forest. Vail Mountain has many trails for every type of skier. Everything from wide open terrains to moguls can be found in the three areas of Front-Side, Blue Sky Basin and the Back Bowls. In total there are almost 200 trails for beginners, intermediate, and experienced skiers.

If you can name a snow related activity, they have it in Vail: think downhill and cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobile tours, snowshoe tours, dog sled rides, sleigh rides, ice skating, and on and on. Many of these are for children as well, so you can bring the entire family to join in the fun. If you do not ski and have no interest in snow related activities, there is still plenty to do in Vail Valley. Vail Village is modeled after Bavaria in Germany. The main area has many shops and restaurants. You can also enjoy spending your time by the fireplaces in the hotel and riding the gondolas which offer amazing views.

All these reasons and more make Vail a great place for a winter vacation and the perfect location for this year’s Advanced Course. However, the number one reason to visit Vail this December is to attend the 2017 AAOA Advanced Course. Your course directors will be expanding the faculty and content at this year’s course. The presentations will be varied, cutting-edge and topical and we plan on mixing in lots of fun as well. We will be using an app that will drive interaction via text commenting. This will close the gap between what the faculty are presenting and what the attendees are learning. We will be hosting après ski with the professor sessions each afternoon to further clarify any questions from the morning sessions.

We are excited to offer all new content with a half day focusing on laryngeal topics. This section will be led by distinguished laryngologist, Dr. Blake Simpson. We will be exploring the relationship of allergy and vocal complaints. Dr. Simpson is going to discuss his evaluation of a chronic cough patient and he will offer a new novel treatment for chronic cough that you can offer your patients. The laryngeal sessions will be full of clinical pearls that you can take home and start using on Monday morning after returning to your office.

This year’s Advanced Course will also be featuring non- Otolaryngology speakers as well focusing on challenging topics such as food allergy. We will review the new Addendum Guidelines for the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in the US and what this means for you and your office. There will be new updates in the management of asthma including an expanded biologics section.