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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

Impact OF 2019 Physician Fee Schedule on Allergy and Sinus Services

Specialty Impact The conversion factor for 2019 will be $36.0391 and remains essentially flat.  The changes…

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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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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

02/15/19: Call For Proposals Deadline
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04/01/19: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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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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12/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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EDUCATION

Call For Proposals

We want your input to help build a program that delivers on your expectations! Blending clinical and practice management content, the AAOA is now accepting proposals for a number of exciting new formats. Submit Proposal

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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 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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PATIENT CORNER

History of Allergy Treatment

The history of modern allergy treatment dates back to the early decades of the twentieth century with the demonstration of decreased response to grass pollens following conjunctival challenge done by Noon and Freeman.

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News and Updates

Americans May be Over-diagnosing Themselves with Food Allergies

"Food allergy is a costly, potentially life-threatening health condition that can adversely affect patients’ well-being". A study…

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FDA Approval of First and Only Digital Inhaler with Built-In Sensors

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ProAir Digihaler (albuterol sulfate) inhalation powder for…

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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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MIPS Practice Resources

2017 Marks Launch of New Physician Payment System

By: Erika Miller

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A new physician payment system

January 1 marked the launch of a new physician payment system, the Quality Payment Program (QPP) authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

With the launch of QPP, physicians will no longer participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), the Value Based Modifier, or meaningful use program.  Instead, the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), one of the QPP tracks, incorporates revised versions of these programs as well as a new Improvement Activities component.  Physicians who participate in an advanced alternative payment model (APM) will be exempt from MIPS.  More information on QPP and its two tracks can be found here.

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final rule implementing MACRA last fall, it included major changes from its original proposal designed to ease the burden on physicians.

For those physicians who opt to participate in MIPS, CMS is allowing physicians to pick their pace and use 2017 as a test year.  As long as physicians report one piece of quality data, they will not be subject to a penalty in 2019.  Physicians can still choose to report for the full year or some portion thereof and potentially earn a bonus.

In response to public comment, CMS further simplified the reporting options under MIPS and down weighted the cost category (formerly resource use) in 2017 since a risk adjustment methodology has not yet been finalized.  The reporting period for the advancing care information category, formerly known as meaningful use, was reduced to 90 days and its reporting requirements were simplified further.  The low-volume threshold for participation in MIPS has been raised to less than $30,000 in Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) revenue OR less than or equal to 100 Medicare patients, which will help provide a better safety net for small practices.

We anticipate that CMS will release another notice of proposed rulemaking this spring making further changes to the program for 2018 when we anticipate all physicians will be required to fully participate in MIPS or an advanced APM.

President Mims Message

April 2017

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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MACRA Resources

News

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New Blog Posts

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