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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

Tips for Exercising with Allergies

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As the weather warms, it is exhilarating to shift your daily exercise routine from inside to outside. Here are some tips to consider to help assure you can stick to your exercise regimen during pollen season.

  1. Consider the weather.

    If it is dry and windy, you should opt for the indoor treadmill. During high pollen season, the best time to exercise outdoors is during or right after the rain.

  2. Consider the time of day.

    In addition to staying out of peak sun, early morning affords the added benefit of dew to keep the pollen at bay

  3. Consider the type of exercise.

    Outdoor yoga is easier than something more strenuous like long runs or crossfit. But Definitely consider your options to maintain your regimen during allergy season.if not shower- to get any lingering pollen off your skin and hair. It is also wise to wash your exercise clothing to remove pollen there too. Consider using nasal saline spray or rinse after outdoor exercise during pollen seasons to remove allergens from your nose.

  4. Pollen exposure can trigger your asthma.

    Exercise-induced asthma is caused by a narrowing of the airways in the lungs that is triggered by strenuous exercise. It can cause shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, and other related symptoms caused by bronchoconstriction. Consider some preventative measures such as using your asthma medications (short-acting beta-2 agonists such as albuterol inhaler) 10 minutes prior to exercising. These medications can help prevent the airways from contracting. Another asthma treatment that may be useful taken 15-20 minutes before exercise is inhaled cromolyn sodium, such as Intal or Tilade.

  5. It goes without saying…

    that if you are using over-the-counter antihistamines such as Zyrtec, Allegra, and Allegra you should use these as directed on the package or by your physician to help manage your allergy symptoms during exercise.

  6. Try to avoid lawn mowers.

    While you may wish to use this tip to get out of mowing your own lawn, lawn mowers kick up a lot pollen and even mold, you should try to steer clear where possible, even if it is just crossing the street.

  7. Consider the type of exercise.

    Outdoor yoga is easier than something more strenuous like long runs or crossfit. Definaitly consider your options to maintain your regimen during allergy season.

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Spotlight/News

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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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Recent Blog Articles

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

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EpiPen Shortage Update

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

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