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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

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

Socio-Economic Committee Update May 2017

By AAOA Leadership Change is the only constant in life and medicine to borrow from…

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Burnout: A Real Problem, Not Just a Trendy Talk Show Topic

When you really look at hot topics in medicine, physician burnout seems to really skyrocket up to the top. Everyone is doing surveys to help show you how burnt out they are.

  • According to a 2011 study at the Mayo Clinic, 45% of all US physicians had at least one symptom of professional burnout.
  • Projections from HHS target 2020 as the year we will face a 50,000 physician shortage.
  • Otolaryngology ranks high on the list and one of the top surgical specialties facing burnout.

Yet with all this data on burnout, its logarithmic growth rate, and its impact on healthcare, it seems the only solutions are bandages. Everyone focuses on work-life balance. How does one achieve that in today’s health system?

Tait Shanafelt, MD, Stanford University suggests, “We tell physicians to get more sleep, eat more granola, do yoga, and take better care of yourself. These efforts are well intentioned.” Dr. Shanafelt adds, “The message to physicians, however, is that you are the problem, and you need to toughen up.” In a recent NEJM article, Shanafelt goes on to note, “We need to stop blaming individuals and treat physician burnout as a system issue. If it affects half of our physicians, it is indirectly affecting half of our patients.”

When focusing just on otolaryngology, the triggers for burnout fall as in the chart below.

While we currently do not have the answers, we recognize we all need to be a part of the solution. Join us as we start a conversation around burnout during the Annual Meeting and start working towards innovative ways to stem the tide and reduce the contributors.