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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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states, in a revised draft guidance released this week, that…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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CEO Update – Spring/Summer 2018

Leap to Moon AAOA CEO UpdateHaving just finished our weekend effort to plan our annual meeting, like our leadership, our staff is excited about what we are offering.

As Dr. Damask notes, this year celebrates a number of firsts. In addition to being our first stand-alone annual meeting, it is the first time we used crowdsourcing to help build the program you, our learners, need. The whole idea stemmed from our member survey last year. The results of that survey highlighted a few key things.

  • No one just practices allergy within their otolaryngology practice. Unlike many of the otolaryngology specialty societies, our members are predominantly in general private practice; allergy is about 20-30% of that practice.
  • Clinical care is not what keeps our members up at night. Our members are struggling with day-to-day practice issues — how to improve office efficiencies; how to understand payor and patient mix and the impact on the practice; changes in healthcare shifting the cost burden to patients & the impact of high deductibles on immunotherapy and related otolaryngic services; what are the best staffing models? Physician compensation models? Should I merge?
  • Our members would prefer a meeting without all the conflicts of concurrent sessions offered by other otolaryngology societies. In fact, they prefer an environment where they can network with peers to gain insights into how their fellow AAOA members address both clinical and practice management issues.

Our goal in Philadelphia is to offer a blend of current clinical hot topics, practice management topics, and peer-to-peer networking in an environment that is both conducive to learning and to fun. Let’s face it, in today’s medical environment there are lots of options for continuing medical education. We have worked to build a program that is a “Can’t Miss” to offer a compelling reason to get on a plane.

Biologics have the potential to revolutionize how inflammation is treated. Already making an impact in asthma management, new studies are looking at biologics as a first line treatment for nasal polyposis. Friday, we will kick of the program with our Joint AAOA-ARS Panel: Looking at the Demise of the Sinus Surgeon and exploring the role of biologics in ENT. This will be followed by Sally Wenzel, MD, from UPMC, as our featured BJ Ferguson Keynote, offering her view of asthma phenotypes and understanding and treating severe asthma. Daniel Rotrosen, MD, Director of the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation and Dr. Alkis Togias, Chief of the Asthma and Inflammation Section, Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation, both from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will highlight what is trending in research and how it translates to patient care. High on the NIAID list is an update on the asthma guidelines and the role of biologics in disease management.

Friday afternoon will feature our Content Meets Culture sessions. Come participate in peer-to-peer learning while also getting out and seeing some of the famous landmarks in the City of Brotherly Love.

Our committee is working hard to match hot clinical topics such as SLIT, food allergy, migraine, and sinus disease with the unique landscape of Philadelphia. No one likes sitting in a hotel for a 3-day meeting. This is your chance to both see some of what Philadelphia has to offer and augment your learning.

In response to our crowdsourcing, Saturday will be devoted to practice management topics — from burnout and service lines to staffing, coding, and contracting — and our Review of Core Allergy Principles. The latter will offer insights for both those new to adding allergy to the practice or new to an ENT practice offering allergy and those who want to get an update on testing techniques, immunotherapy options, and key patient management issues. Our practice management sessions will offer content unique to any national ENT meeting, offering tools and resources to better understand coding, the new sinus codes, and related regulatory compliance issues to more business of medicine concepts from how to develop a business plan, evaluate opportunities for expanded service (allergy, audiology, CT scans, balance therapy, telehealth, and sleep), and issues around contracting and service.

Sunday will kick off with a featured Research Forum, highlighting the AAOA Foundation, Foundation-funded grants, and cutting edge research. Join us for breakfast and science. Our format will shift back to smaller, engaging sessions focused on real-world cases and topics you flagged as key. These sessions will be broken out into cases, conversations, and collaborations, rapid fire, and workshops to round out your AAOA learning adventure.

Don’t miss our featured event Saturday night when we will celebrate the AAOA at the Reading Terminal Market.

We encourage you to cash in on your member value. This year, your annual meeting registration is included in your member benefits. Leverage this opportunity to get an update on clinical care, tackle some practice management issues, network with your peers, and earn CME credits. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia. Learn More and Register