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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

USP Update

Final Standards for Allergen Extract Compounding under USP Chapter 797 The long-awaited new USP Chapter…

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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…

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Your AAOA at the AMA

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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

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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04/01/20: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/20: Research Grant Cycle
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06/01/20: Call For Scientific Abstracts Deadline
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06/7/20: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2020 Basic Course

EDUCATION

New Orleans: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Much like the Clash song lyrics, many of you will flip through this AAOA Today issue trying to assess whether it is worth the cost to get on a plane to participate in the AAOA’s Annual Meeting. We recognize you have lots of CME options, some are even competing with our meeting in New Orleans. Read More

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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 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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2020 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 9-11 | Orlando, FL
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PATIENT CORNER

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

New Orleans: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Much like the Clash song lyrics, many of you will flip through this AAOA Today…

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International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology Top Articles 2018-2019

Read top articles published in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology 2018-2019. Most Cited International Consensus…

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CEO Update – Re·im·ag·ine

re·im·ag·ineverb reinterpret (an event, work of art, etc) imaginatively; rethink Reimagined, Reinvented, Reinvigorated….these are all…

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Videos from the 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting

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Our 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting explored hot topics — both clinical and practice management. Due to the overwhelming popularity, we are making recordings of the best available to our AAOA members.

Full Videos can be accessed in “Resources” section of your AAOA membership portal. Must be an AAOA member to view. To view, please Sign In 

Contact AAOA: elearninig@aaoallergy.org or (202) 955-5010 with any questions.

The 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting was held at the Loews Philadelphia, PA from September 14-16, 2018. The must-attend event focused on delivering winning practice management strategies based around Otolaryngology practices, interactive sessions for greater attendee involvement and learning, Review of Core Allergy Principles (ReCAP), and even offered discovering parts of Philly itself.

Demonstrating the Value of the Otolaryngic Allergist, presented by Nick Hernandez, MBA, FACHE, CEO/Founder of ABISA, LLC. Introduction: Cecelia Damask, DO, FAAOA.
Focus: The healthcare and regulatory environment that physicians operate in is evolving rapidly. Reimbursement for physician services is changing, and compensation for employed physicians is increasingly based on outcomes prioritized by the healthcare organization. Ways the Otolaryngic allergist can begin meeting these challenges are explored.

Expanding Scope of Practice: How to Expand Services Lines to Drive Patient Satisfaction, presented by Nick Hernandez, MBA, FACHE; Matthew Patterson, MD and Gavin Setzen, MD. Moderator: Chuck Syms, MD, MBA.
Focus: Otolaryngology practices offer some unique areas for expanding scope of practice/service lines. This panel will explore opportunities and challenges around typical service lines such as allergy, balance PT rehab, hearing aids (vs diagnostic audiology), Clinical research, in-office CT scans, sleep, asthma, biologics, balance therapy, and telehealth.

Federal Updates: What’s New in Biologics and at NIH–NIAID, presented at the 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. NIH Representative: Alkis Togias, MD. Moderator: John H. Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA.
Focus: Discussion highlighting current NIH-NIAID efforts/research focus; What is new with biologics and their role in clinical management of inflammatory disease; Review of new asthma guidelines and what clinicians need to know.

How to Improve Patient Compliance (Immunotherapy & Beyond), presented by a panel of experts Thomas Murphy, MD; Michael Platt, MD and Gavin Setzen, MD. Moderator: Sarah Wise, MD, FAAOA.
Focus: Immunotherapy is only as effective as the patient is compliant. The engaging AAOA panel reviews what the literature says about immunotherapy and compliance and to learn new ways to improve patient compliance and patient outcomes.

SoME and Me – Where Does Social Media Fit in Modern Clinical Practice? presentedby panelists: John Craddock, MD; Sandra Lin, MD; Shena Matsos and Tristin Bates. Moderator: Jennifer Villwock, MD, FAAOA.
Focus: Presenters will show you how your website, Facebook page, patient portal, text messaging and other tools can help you more fully connect with your current and future patients. Dives into what Otolaryngic allergists need to know to succeed on social media.

BJ Ferguson Memorial Keynote Lecture: Asthma, Airway Disease and the Intersection of Biology and Biologics, presented by Sally E. Wenzel, MD, Director, University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC/UPSOM.
Focus: Asthma and the intersection of pathobiology and targeted biologic therapies.

Efficient Work Flow or Log Jam?…Is Your Practice Operationally Sound? presented at the 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia by Cheyenne Brinson, CPA, MBA.
Focus: This session explores common operational issues, beginning with the schedule, revamping the intake process, patient portal usage, perfecting patient flow, time saving tips for the clinical team, and how to leverage the electronic systems.

Evaluating Service Lines & Practice Flow for Practice Sustainability, presented by Cheyenne Brinson, CPA, MBA. Introduction: Elizabeth Mahoney Davis, MD.
Focus: This session explores the steps to evaluate your allergy service line from finances to operations including ways to boost the bottom line, ensure an efficient workflow, and determine practice sustainability.

Coding 101: Beyond Correct Coding—Getting Paid for What You Do and Avoiding Billing Blunders, presented by Kristin Vaughn, CPC, CGCS, CMSCS, CPMA, ICDCT-CM. Introduction: David Palmer, MD.
Focus: this session is designed for those who need to better understand coding and its nuances associated with allergy billing and compliance. Insightful overview of current hot topics in coding that includes extra time for questions.

Coding Hot Topics: Coding Strategies for 2018 & Beyond, presented by Kristin Vaughn, CPC, CGCS, CMSCS, CPMA, ICDCT-CM. Introduction: Maria Veling, MD.
Focus: this session will review proven strategies for combating these time wasters with insightful overview of current hot topics for coding and open Q&A discussion with participants.

Note: The highlight videos feature individual presenters and their perspectives. The information is provided for educational purposes only. Viewers are reminded each practice is responsible for confirming coverage, coding, and payment parameters for those payers that affect their practice. Nothing presented should be construed as AAOA policy or recommendations. They do not attempt to define a quality of care for legal malpractice proceedings. They should not be taken as recommending for or against a particular company or its products. They are not meant for patients to use in treating themselves or making decisions about their care. Advances constantly occur in medicine, and some advances will doubtless occur faster than these materials can be updated.  

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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 13, 2019.

Cancellations received after August 13, 2019 are non-refundable. 

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