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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

Your AAOA at the AMA

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

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Fall Advocacy Update: USP 797, E/M Documentation and Payment

Revisions to USP Chapter 797 Open for Comment Since the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) released…

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Brief Update on the Final CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule

On November 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the final Physician Fee…

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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

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

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

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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2019 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 12-14 | Austin, TX
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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

From the AAOA President, Matthew Ryan, MD

...the AAOA continues to be the organization that Otolaryngologists look to for up-to-date education and information on the…

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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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Living With Allergies

Allergy Management Tips & Myths

  1. Seasonal symptoms does not necessarily mean you have seasonal allergies.

    To really understand your symptoms and their causes, it is best to undergo allergy testing to both determine the cause and the best treatment modality. Spring allergy symptoms could be tree pollen or they could just as easily be mold allergies, which can be a year-round trigger.

  2. Manage your medications.

    Not all the over-the-counter allergy medications are the same. Some are straight antihistamines intended to block histamine receptors. Some combine antihistamines with decongestants, which tend to dry up block nasal and respiratory passages. Some are intranasal steroids intended to reduce the inflammation associated with congestion. Know what you are taking and how it acts. Sometimes, using the same medication over and over can result in a tolerance build up. You may find you need to change up which antihistamine you use. Working with your physician to find a allergy treatment regimen that works is a good plan.

  3. Know what you are taking with natural cures.

    There are lots of theories, postulates, and recommendations on how best to treat allergies and their symptoms. Keep in mind, many so-called “natural cures” are not regulated by the FDA. It is always wise to know what you are taking, what its claims and risks are, and if it interacts with any other medications (not just allergy) you may be taking. You should always share this list with your physician as well. In the list of natural cures, the data has yet to confirm local honey has an effect (although eating honey on your yogurt or morning toast cannot hurt). A Neti pot or sinus rinse kit, is old fashioned but does help wash allergens out of the nose. Supplements or teas made with butterbur and nettle root have been shown to help reduce symptoms. Additionally, European studies seem to support a diet rich in omega-3-fatty acids found in fish and walnuts can help reduce allergy symptoms. Again, a discussion with your physician can help navigate your path of treatment options.

  4. Be aware of cross-reactivities.

    There are classic examples of pollen-and-food pairs that exacerbate symptoms — ragweed and melon and birch trees and apple are two well-known pairs. The reason behind this pairing is that certain foods have similar proteins to the pollens, so they cause or augment allergy symptoms or irritations such as an itchy mouth or throat. This tends to occur primarily during high season for these pollens. Cooking the offending food can help break down the proteins and improve tolerability.

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NEWS and BLOG

Nasal Sprays

Nasal Sprays can be an effective treatment options for many allergy sufferers. Read More

Allergy Testing

Allergy Testing is important to identify the allergens that impact you.
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Allergy Map

Recent Blog Articles

What over-the-counter allergy treatment should I try?

You have allergy symptoms, and want to find something…

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EpiPen Shortage Update

FDA has a drug shortage database which includes reasons for and…

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