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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

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).…

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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

06/01/2018: Research Grant Cycle

12/01/2018: Research Grant Cycle
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06/15/18: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2018 Basic Course

07/31/18: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2018 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2018 Annual Meeting
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04/01/2019: 2019 Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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EDUCATION

Why attend the 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia from September 14-16? Learn some of the reasons to attend from the AAOA Leadership and staff. Register

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 AAOA Annual Meeting
September 14-16 | Philadelphia, PA
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2018 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 6-8 | Atlanta, GA
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AAOA Clinical Insights
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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

Alert: Nationwide Shortage of Sterile Water for Injections

Nationwide shortage of Sterile Water for Injections is affecting multiple manufacturers. Some Specialty Pharmacies are…

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Choose the IndependENT 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting!

Building off the success of our radically re-designed Chicago Annual Meeting, we look forward 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…

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AAOA Annual Meeting 2018

Annual Meeting Schedule

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Friday, September 14th, 2018

6:30am-10:30am: Fellow Exam

11:00am-12:00pm: Panel Discussion – The Demise of the Sinus Surgeon – Jim Palmer, MD (moderator)

12:00pm-1:30pm: Lunch with Corporate Sponsor

1:30pm-2:30pm: BJ Ferguson Memorial Keynote Lecture – Asthma, Airway Disease, and the Intersection of Biology and Biologics – Sally E. Wenzel, MD

2:30pm-3:00pm: Networking Break w/ Exhibitors

3:00pm-4:00pm: Panel Discussion – Federal Updates: What’s New in Biologics & at NIH-NIAID – John H. Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA (moderator)

4:15pm-6:30pm: City of Brotherly Love Walking Tours: Content Meets Culture – Conversations with Experts (concurrent sessions)

  • Allergy Emergencies/Ben Franklin Parkway – Christopher Brook, MD, Michael Platt, MD
  • Antigen Selection/A City of Murals – Bruce Gordon, MD, Steven Houser, MD
  • Chronic Cough/A City of Murals – Melissa Hertler, MD, Monica Patadia, MD, FAAOA
  • Concise History of Medicine in Philly – Cecelia Damask, DO, Christine Franzese, MD, J. Whit Mims, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD
  • Food Allergy/Ben Franklin Parkway – William Reisacher, MD, Maria Veling, MD
  • Migraine/Wonders of Philly’s Architecture -Kristen Marcum, MD, Mark Mehle, MD
  • Nasal Polyps/Philly in the 21st Century – John Delgaudio, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • Practice Pearls/The Roaring 20’s and the History of the Loews Hotel – Paul Fass, MD, FAAOA, Jack Fornadley, MD
  • Reflux and Laryngeal Issues/Philly-A City of Firsts – Robert Stachler, MD, Alpen Patel, MD
  • Sinusitis/Philly & Its Public Art – Charles Ebert, MD, Kenneth Rodriguez, MD
  • Nasal Polyps/Philly in the 21st Century – John Delgaudio, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • SLIT/A Revolutionary City – Sandra Lin, MD, Erik Swanson, MD, Wes VanderArk, MD, Kevin F. Wilson, MD

6:30pm-7:30pm: Taste of South Philly Reception with Exhibitors

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

6:00am-6:45am: Healthy Start Fitness Sessions

6:30am-7:00am: Early Riser Coffee with Exhibitors

7:00am-8:00am: Breakfast with Corporate Sponsor

8:00am-9:00am: Practice Management Keynote Lecture – Demonstrating the Value of the Otolaryngic Allergist in Academics and Private Practice – Nick Hernandez

9:15am-10:15am: Concurrent Sessions – Practice Management & ReCAP

  • Practice Management
    • Benchmarking Basics: Key Indicators for a Healthy Practice – Nick Hernandez
    • Coding 101: Beyond Correct Coding – Getting Paid for What you Do and Avoiding Billing Blunders – Kristin Vaughn
    • How to Stay in Private Practice (If You Want To) – Karen Zupko
    • SoMe and Me – Where does Social Media Fit in Modern Clinical Practice? – Jennifer Villwock, MD (moderator)
  • ReCAP
    • The Principles of Allergic Disease – Christopher Brook, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD, Farrah Siddiqui, MD, Camysha Wright-Gooden, MD

10:15am-10:45am: Networking Break w/ Exhibitors

10:45am-11:45pm: Concurrent Sessions – Practice Management & ReCAP

  • Practice Management
    • Boost Your Bottom Line… Despite 2018 ENT Coding Cuts/High Deductible Health Plans: You Need A Plan – Cheyenne Brinson
    • Coding Hot Topics: Coding Strategies for 2018 and Beyond – Kristin Vaughn
    • Creating the Right Office Culture by Cultivating the Right Staff – Jack Fornadley, MD (moderator), Jennifer Hodges, RN (moderator)
    • Expanding Scope of Practice: How to Expand Service Lines to Drive Patient Satisfaction – Nick Hernandez
  • ReCAP
    • Advanced Allergy Topics – Christopher Brook, MD, Cecelia Damask, DO, Michael Platt, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD

12:00pm-1:00pm: Annual Business Meeting, AAOA Today & Tomorrow (Lunch)

1:00pm-2:00pm: Making Sense of Government Regulations: Practical Strategies – Jami Lucas (moderator)

2:00pm-2:15pm: Break w/ Exhibitors

2:15pm-3:15pm: Concurrent Sessions – Practice Management & ReCAP

  • Practice Management
    • Benchmarking Basics: Key Indicators for a Healthy Practice – Nick Hernandez
    • Efficient Workflow or Logjam: Is Your Practice Operationally Sound? – Cheyenne Brinson
    • How to Improve Patient Compliance (IT & Beyond) – Erik Swanson, MD (moderator)
    • Negotiation is Value Specific – Keith Sale, MD (moderator)
  • ReCAP
    • Allergy Testing – Christopher Brook, MD, Douglas Dawson, MD, Josh Levy, MD

3:15pm-3:30pm: Break w/ Exhibitors

3:30pm-4:30pm: Concurrent Sessions – Practice Management & ReCAP

  • Practice Management
    • Advanced Coding: E/M Chart Audits Tied to ENT/Allergy Procedural Coding – Kristin Vaughn
    • Allergy Practice Models: What I Wish I Had Known – Kevin Wilson, MD (moderator)
    • EHR Licensing Agreements: What You Need to Know/Ask Before Signing – Daniel Shay
    • How to Build Efficiency Back into Your Practice Model – Douglas Dawson, MD (moderator)
  • ReCAP
    • Immunotherapy & Vial Preparation – Christopher Brook, MD, Ashleigh Halderman, MD, Elizabeth Mahoney Davis, MD, Kristin Marcum, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD

4:30pm-4:45pm: Break w/ Exhibitors

4:45pm-5:45pm: Concurrent Sessions – Practice Management & ReCAP

  • Practice Management
    • The Art & Practice of Strategic Thinking – Nick Hernandez
    • Employment & Payer Contracts: What You Need to Know/Ask Before Signing – Daniel Shay
    • Evaluating Service Lines and Practice Flow for Practice Sustainability – Cheyenne Brinson
    • Physician Burnout: The Newest Epidemic and Why We Should Care – Jami Lucas (moderator)
  • ReCAP
    • Anaphylaxis & Immunotherapy Practicum – Christopher Brook, MD, Glen Porter, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD

7:00pm-8:30pm: AAOA Soirée, Reading Terminal at 125 Years

Sunday, September 16th, 2018


6:00am-6:45am: Healthy Start Fitness Sessions

7:30am-9:00am: Scientific Research Forum and Breakfast – Charles Ebert, MD, Kenneth Rodriguez, MD (moderators)

9:00am-10:00am: Concurrent Sessions – Cases, Conversations, and Collaboration

  • Challenges in Clinical Care: Practical Troubleshooting – J. Whit Mims, MD (moderator)
  • My First Cases That Had Me Totally Stumped – Monica Patadia, MD
  • Office-Based Sinonasal Procedures – John Delgaudio, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • Scary Allergy & Sinus Cases – Michael Platt, MD
  • Smell: The Forgotten Sense – Jennifer Villwock, MD

10:00am-10:30am: Break w/ Exhibitors

10:30am-11:30am: Concurrent Sessions – Rapid Fire Learning

  • Allergy & Sleep – Douglas Dawson, MD, Andrea Lewis, MD
  • Managing the AERD Patient – Nathan Deckard, MD, Josh Levy, MD, Elina Toskala, MD
  • Sinusitis or Allergy? Both? Neither? – John Delgaudio, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • Starting Your Allergy Practice: Practical Perspective – William Reisacher, MD (moderator)

11:45am-12:45pm: Concurrent Sessions – Workshops

  • Component Testing: Where We Are and Where We’re Going – Michael Benninger, MD
  • Difficult Nasal Polyposis: AFS and AERD Treatment Strategies –  Nithin Adappa, MD, John Bosso, MD, James Palmer, MD
  • SLIT: How to Make It Work – William Reisacher, MD (moderator)
  • Unified Airway & Asthma: What You Need to Know – Cecelia Damask, DO, Paul Fass, MD, Michael Parker, MD


A printable file of the 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting Agenda can be downloaded here.

Learn More about the Annual Meeting Faculty and Speakers.

The online syllabus will be available by August 25. All registrants will be provided with access instructions by e-mail when the syllabus is released.

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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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