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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

I want to urge you to consider membership in the AMA because your membership in…

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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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IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454

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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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AAOA Annual Meeting 2019

Annual Meeting Faculty

Drew Bird, MD

Dr. Drew Bird completed a Pediatrics residency in 2006 and then an Allergy and Immunology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 2008. In 2009 he completed a clinical research fellowship in food allergy under the direction of Dr. Wesley Burks at Duke University. Since 2009 he has been a member of the faculty at UT Southwestern. He is the director of the Food Allergy Center at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. His research interests are in understanding and treating lifethreatening reactions to foods, and he is currently working with colleagues in several ongoing clinical trials using food proteins for immunotherapy.

Amy Boyer, MBA

Amy is a dynamic and innovative problem-solver who is highly regarded by physicians for her engaging leadership style, intimate understanding of practice operations, and deep appreciation for the patient experience. She seeks solutions to the constantly evolving challenges and demands imposed on physicians and administrators by finding opportunities to streamline processes.

Amy’s expertise comes from 15 years of working in physician offices, including private and hospital-based practices and an academic division before becoming a consultant. Her experiences provide a comprehensive understanding of practice operations, physician compensation, health information systems, marketing, financial management, and human resource management in each setting.

Prior to joining KarenZupko & Associates, Amy was the Service Line Administrator/Division Administrator for Plastic Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine. There she held a dyad leadership role alongside the Chief of Plastic Surgery to manage and lead the clinical, education, and research missions of the division. Prior to that, she was Director of Operations for the pediatric multi-specialty practices at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent.

Before her time working in large healthcare systems, Amy managed a private solo surgical practice where she was responsible for all aspects of the administrative office, including clinic and surgery scheduling, check in and check out, prior authorization, coding and charge entry, accounts receivables, human resources, and accounts payable. Amy has led multiple practice management and EHR software implementations, including Nextech, athena, and Cerner. She is well-versed in many others.

Amy earned an M.B.A. and a B.S. in General Studies from Indiana University, also completing the pre-med requirements.

Amy is a fitness enthusiast who competed in National Physique Committee (NPC) competitions. When she’s not in the gym or traveling, she can be found playing with her canine companions, Brady and Pippa.

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, data-based decisions.

With a unique blend of technology know-how, training skills, operations management, 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.

Cheyenne is known for her love of Alabama football, spreading awareness for lipedema, and experimenting with Paleo dishes. She enjoys travel, Broadway shows, and culinary excursions.

Anju T. Peters, MD, MSCI

Dr. Peters completed her medical degree at University of Michigan after finishing undergraduate studies at Ohio State University. The rest of her training was completed at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine including a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in allergy-immunology. After fellowship she joined the Division of Allergy & Immunology at Northwestern and currently is a professor of medicine and Associate Chief of Clinical Affairs, Education, and Research and is the Director of Clinical Research. She is a co-editor in chief of the Journal of Rhinology and Allergy and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Precision Respiratory Medicine.

Daniel Shay - 2019 AAOA Annual Meeting SpeakerDaniel 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, and is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Teresa Thompson, BS, CPC, CMSCS, CCC

Teresa Thompson, BS, CPC, CMSCS, CCC, is the owner and principal of TM Consulting, a national medical consulting and management firm that specializes in coding, compliance, education and a wide range of consulting services to healthcare professionals specializing in respiratory diseases.

Ms. Thompson conducts workshops and seminars for various clinics, organizations and national organizations. Teresa Thompson offers seminars and consulting services for ENT practices as well as working with the AAAAI throughout the year with various webinars, national conferences, and coding consulting. Ms. Thompson has over three decades working with physicians and their staff to train and resolve practice management.

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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 2019, we are continuing the Member benefit for all renewing AAOA Members and Member Candidates: FREE Registration for the 2019 AAOA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA!

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 13, 2019.

Cancellations received after August 13, 2019 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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