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Celebrating Over 75 Years Of Service

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

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states, in a revised draft guidance released this week, that…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

FDA has a drug shortage database which includes reasons for and updates on drug shortages. Today the…

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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 Interactive Allergy & Rhinology Course
February 8-10, 2019 | Dallas, TX
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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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AAOA Clinical Insights
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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 Annual Meeting 2018

Annual Meeting Faculty

Sally E. Wenzel, MD

Sally E. Wenzel, MD is a Professor of Medicine and Immunology and Director at the University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC, UPMC Chair in Translational Airway Biology and Chair, at the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Wenzel completed her MD degree at the University of Florida. Following her residency in internal medicine at Wake Forest University and her fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, she spent 19 years at National Jewish and the University of Colorado before moving to the University of Pittsburgh. She received the Elizabeth Rich Award for her role in promoting women in science, the ATS Award for Scientific Achievement, the ATS Foundation Breathing for Life Award, and the ERS President’s Award. She is currently Director of the University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC, and Chair for the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, at the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wenzel has served as Deputy Editor for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and is a frequent reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine and other publications.

Karen Zupko

Karen Zupko is a nationally recognized speaker, writer and consultant in the otolaryngology community. She has participated in AAO-HNS annual meeting programs since 1984, taught the AAO-HNS Coding workshops for years, and taught at AAFPRS and state meetings. Karen is a known friend to the otolaryngology community, and has written articles for The Bulletin, worked with the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators, and participated in the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Windy City Symposium as a planner and speaker. Karen has contributed a chapter on referral-building for otolaryngologists to the Mosby Year Book series, and co-authored a chapter on personnel administration.

KarenZupko&Associates has worked with over 227 otolaryngology practices to improve patient satisfaction, reduce risk, save money, economize on time, and enhance revenue – legally. KZA, now 23 strong, has a unique expertise in otolaryngology practices. Prior to opening her firm in 1985, Ms. Zupko directed the American Medical Association’s Department of Practice Management. Her articles on management and marketing have been published in Hospital Physician, Physician Management and The Journal of Medical Practice Management.

Ms. Zupko is on the board of editorial consultants of Medical Economics magazine. She has served on the board of trustees of Chicago’s Grant Hospital and is active in many national organizations. Ms. Zupko is a graduate of the University of Kansas and a Chicago native.

Cheyenne Brinson, CPA, MB

Cheyenne is an innovative, solutions-oriented senior consultant with KarenZupko & Associates who delivers pragmatic business solutions that boost revenue, streamline workflow, and increase operational efficiency. “You cannot manage what you do not measure” is Cheyenne’s guiding principle, and she leverages this wisdom to make sound, databased decisions.

With a unique blend of technology know-how, training skills, operations anagement, and financial expertise, Cheyenne has helped more than one hundred surgical practices improve the bottom line. From scheduling and front desk operations, to patient flow, surgery scheduling, EHR utilization, and effective billing office processes, Cheyenne designs and implements process improvements by leveraging people and technology.

Her wizardry with most practice management systems, plus a deep knowledge of best practice workflows, makes her an in-demand advisor to practices seeking to augment their technology training and implementation. Known affectionately as “coach” to many practices, Cheyenne customizes technology training programs and delivers customer service and patient coordinator training to individuals as well as entire practice teams.

A friendly and upbeat instructor, Cheyenne draws upon her field experience to convey relevant and timely information in a way that everyone in the audience can relate to and learn from. She earns rave reviews from course attendees at the KZA ENT Coding and Reimbursement Workshops, and speaks regularly for organizations such as the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, Association of Otolaryngology Administrators, Fuel Medical, Allmeds, and other specialty societies and industry groups.

Prior to joining KarenZupko & Associates, Cheyenne was a Director in a primary care practice where she moved the practice from operating at a loss to operating at a profit in less than one year. While there, she led an implementation team to open a clinic site fully functional on an EHR. Cheyenne also spent seven years in public accounting, providing accounting and consulting services to medical practices.

Cheyenne earned an M.B.A. and B.S. in accounting from Troy State University (now Troy University) in Troy, Alabama. She is an inductee to the Accounting Hall of Honor in recognition of her professional accomplishments. Cheyenne is president of the Fat Disorders Research Society and past president of the Illinois Medical Group Management Association.

Nick Hernandez, MBA, FACHE

Nick Hernandez, MBA, FACHE is the founder and CEO of ABISA. ABISA is an independent healthcare consultancy specializing in healthcare strategy, physician engagement, and strategic growth initiatives. ABISA can help devise and implement the strategies and processes that will allow organizations to remain competitive and solvent. The company’s client list includes physician groups, hospital systems, healthcare IT organizations, venture capitalists, private equity investment groups, and physician entrepreneurs.

Nick has extensive knowledge on matters surrounding physician engagement and has a long history of working with physician entrepreneurs. He has consulted with clients in multiple countries and has over 20 years of leadership and operations experience. He is Board Certified in Healthcare Management and has been named a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Daniel F. Shay, Esq.

Daniel F. Shay is an attorney with Alice G. Gosfield and Associates, P.C. His practice is restricted to health law and health care regulation focusing primarily on physician representation, fraud and abuse compliance, Medicare Part B reimbursement, and HIPAA compliance in the physician context. He also has a keen interest in intellectual property issues, including copyright, trademark, data control, and confidentiality. He has also focused his attention on provider control of commerce in data, electronic health records license agreements, physician advertising, enrollment in Medicare, quality reporting and quality measurement, physician use of non-physician practitioners, and physician use of social media. He speaks publicly and has published on all of these topics.

He also regularly speaks to resident physicians on what to expect in their employment contracts. Mr. Shay received his Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in 2000 from Vanderbilt University and his juris doctorate degree from Emory University School of Law in 2003. Mr. Shay is admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar, is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, and is the Vice Chair of Educational Programs for the American Health Lawyers Association’s Physicians and Physician Organization Practice Group.

Kristin Vaughn, CPC, CGCS, CMSCS, CPMA, ICDCT-CM

Kristin is a national consultant with over 15 years of coding and billing experience. This includes Gastroenterology, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Immunology/Rheumatology, Hematology, and Hospitalist specialties, plus seminar instruction, auditing and on-site consulting. Her background includes extensive experience in a teaching university. She currently is a full-time consultant/trainer with AskMueller Consulting, LLC. Her presentations have included organizations such as AGA and ASGE. She is a Certified Professional Medical Auditor and Certified ICD-10 trainer. She is the co-author of several workbooks and programs specific to Gastroenterology. She also answers the coding hotline for ASGE.

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AAOA Members

As an association we are always looking for more and better ways to help our Members get and stay engaged, and to expand and enrich their network of peers.  To that end, for 2018, we are introducing a new Member benefit for all renewing AAOA Members and Member Candidates: FREE Registration for the 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA!

Registration Price List

Fellow MemberFREE
Associate MemberFREE
International MemberFREE
NP/PA MemberFREE
Resident/Fellow-In-Training MemberFREE
All Member CandidatesFREE
Non-Member $795.00
One Day Pass
$495.00

Member Candidate

*A Member Candidate must have completed the membership application before the Application Deadline (45 days prior to the annual business meeting, approximately July 31st). Learn More

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are non-transferable. Refunds for paid registrations (less a 50% administration fee) may be considered for cancellations received in writing by the AAOA prior to August 14, 2018.

Cancellations received after August 14, 2018 are non-refundable. 

If you have a disability or require assistance during the course, contact the AAOA at 202-955-5010 or meetings@aaoallergy.org.

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As an AAOA member, you will be eligible for registration fee discounts on all AAOA CME functions, including free Annual Meeting (please contact AAOA for details), and all of our patient education and practice management resources. These savings alone can offset most or all of your dues.
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