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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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IFAR

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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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Join me in Chicago at the Redesigned AAOA Annual Meeting

By Cecelia Damask, DO, Director of Educational Programs

I want to personally invite you this September, to join me in Chicago, where culture meets content at the redesigned AAOA Annual Meeting featuring the food, art, and architecture of Chicago, thoughtfully blended with what you need to know for your practice to thrive in these challenging times. This year’s meeting assures to be interactive, practice-centered, and fun!

On Friday we will be featuring new clinical, hot topic content.  We will kick off with a practical forum on How to Make SLIT Work in Your Practice.  You don’t want to miss the pearls that will help your SLIT practice thrive. 

The BJ Ferguson Memorial Keynote Lecture this year will be given by Amal Assa’ad, MD. Dr. Assa’ad was a pivotal member of the expert panel who created the NIAID-Sponsored Food Allergy Guidelines in 2010 and again was a vital member of the expert panel for the development of the Addendum Guidelines for the Prevention of Peanut Allergy in the United States.  She will tackle the complex topic of food allergy and break it down into easily understandable pieces that are clinically relevant to your practice.

We will be introducing some new concepts in learning at this meeting that I am excited to share with you.  One of these new concepts will be our outside the classroom series:  Content Meets Culture—Conversations with Experts.  These new sessions will be small groups led by AAOA faculty in an informal, topic-focused discussion while touring Chicago.   We hope to blend a small amount of education with large amounts of fun.  These sessions will be offered as walking tours or a tour inside the Palmer House hotel.  The Windy City has so much to offer and we want to allow you to enjoy part of Chicago while learning by taking the meeting out of the hotel and into the city. 

Friday evening will be a truly extraordinary experience:  a special reception including drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Art Institute of Chicago with a private viewing of the permanent collection of the Art Institute! Art Institute docents in the galleries will give us private tours of some of the most famous pieces of art in the world. I hope that this will be a special event that you’ll cherish long after the meeting.

All day Saturday will be dedicated to the business of medicine.  We will be featuring sessions designed to address the key issues that are affecting your practice right now.  This new business of medicine day was created for Otolaryngologists at every stage of their career as well as for their practice administrators and billing staff.  This unique full-day of the business of medicine will help you improve your practice efficiencies for better overall patient care. 

Also on Saturday we will feature ReCAP, the Review of Core Allergy Principles.  This session is ideal for PAs, NPs, nurses, office staff, residents as well as anyone interested in learning more about allergy diagnosis and immunotherapy.  ReCAP is a format of short, powerful talks that will cover the breadth of allergy and immunology. 

On Saturday evening, the faculty and professional consultants will host a reception featuring Chicago’s iconic culinary staples offering you a true taste of the Windy City.

Sunday’s program begins, with the Breakfast Research Symposium highlighting AAOAF- sponsored research, followed by Rapid Fire Learning sessions on the latest new information and ideas on a variety of topics including asthma updates, atopic dermatitis, AERD, biologics, and food allergy. This will be followed by Cases, Conversations, and Collaborations, which will be interactive sessions on chronic pruritus, sleep and allergy, starting an allergy practice, and medication allergy.

The Annual Meeting will again be an all-inclusive price this year, thus allowing you to pick and choose among the various available concurrent sessions. Chart a course to Chicago, and come prepared to hear what the allergy practice of the future will be like. Return to your practice, energized and prepared for the challenges ahead. 

I look forward to hosting you at a truly redesigned Annual Meeting in the wonderful city of Chicago!