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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

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states, in a revised draft guidance released this week, that…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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Scribes: Key Practice Resource

by Kristin Seiberling, MD, AAOA Board of Directors

Electronic health record (EHR) has become an integral component of health care and is the crusade of the future. It has many positive attributes that promote a better health care system, but in itself it is seemingly cumbersome and redundant. Without supportive measures, we as physicians will be left with a significant increase in documentation time and frustration. Fortunately, or unfortunately, EHR is here to stay, and we as physicians need to embrace it and learn to navigate it in the most efficient manner. Scribes are a mechanism to help physicians navigate thru the EHR in the most time efficient manner.

In my experience, scribes have not only allowed for a significant reduction in my documentation time but have also allowed for an increase in productivity and more importantly more face-to-face time with the patient and job enjoyment. With a scribe, I can dedicate the whole visit to uninterrupted face-to-face interaction with the patient while the scribe dutifully types in the patient history.   During the patient encounter the scribe may also on demand search the chart for results, record visit diagnosis, pend requested orders and enter subsequent referrals.

By allowing myself to solely focus on the patient and not the charting during the actual visit work to me becomes more enjoyable and less hectic. Scribes allow me to become more time efficient and therefore more productive which is seen in my increase in patient volume for the same number of hours worked in the past. No longer am I staying late into the night finishing up charting.

That being said the physician is ultimately liable for what is put in the EHR so it is important to read and edit each individual chart. Scribes are not physicians and their documentation often needs to be rewritten in explicit words that can really only be determined by treating physician. However, with seasoned scribes the degree of editing lessens with time and a factor of trust ensues.

Turnover of scribes is therefore an inauspicious issue. Many scribes are aspiring medical professionals and using the year to enhance their knowledge and CV before applying for nursing school, medical school, etc. Nevertheless, I would rather retrain a scribe every year than give up the amenity that scribes bring to my practice.

 

 

Editor’s Note: Please keep in mind rules vary by jurisdiction. We recommend confirming what scribe certification allows in your practice area to help assure they can perform all the tasks, like pending orders, you will assign.