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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

What you need to comply with the pending USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding — Sterile Preparations

3 key compliance criteria While the implementation date of the new USP General Chapter <797>…

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2019 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy & immunology Optional USP 797 Compliance Workshop

Cost: $125 for AAOA members and $300 for non-members* in addition to AAOA Advanced Course registration…

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NEWS! USP General Chapter <797> Implementation Postponed

The United States Pharmacopeia announced that, due to appeals underway, the previously announced implementation date…

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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

12/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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02/15/20: Crowdsourcing for 2020 Scottsdale
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02/15/20: Call for Proposals
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04/01/20: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/20: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/20: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2020 Basic Course Learn more

09/11/20: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2020 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2020 Annual Meeting Learn more

EDUCATION

Here is What You Missed...

2019 New Orleans was an outstanding success?  With over 500 participants, our AAOA members left New Orleans re-energized, re-freshed, and re-engaged.  The program offered something for everyone — from cutting edge clinical content to every day how to’s for practice management efficiencies. Read More

AAOA in the Lone Star

Join us in the Lone Star State for the 2019 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy and Immunology. This course builds on the basic clinical care of allergic patient concepts and techniques presented at the AAOA’s Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology. Read More

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IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454

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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 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 12-14 | Austin, TX
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2020 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 9-11 | Orlando, FL
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2020 AAOA Annual Meeting
October 23-25| Scottsdale, AZ
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PATIENT CORNER

Off to College: Tips for Managing Allergies

Heading to college is an exciting time. What are the best ways for students to avoid exacerbation of their symptoms as they enter the hallowed halls of higher learning?

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College Allergy Symptoms Treatment Back to Shcool

News and Updates

Should I Go to Austin?

We get it.  You’ve been to the Advanced Course on Allergy & Immunology, so you…

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CEO September 2019 Update

by Jami Lucas, AAOA CEO/Executive Director Over 500 AAOA members were engaged, learning, and networking…

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Here is What You Missed…

2019 New Orleans was an outstanding success?  With over 500 participants, our AAOA members left…

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MACRA Physician Pay System Changes In Force

New Physician Pay 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 adjust- ment 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

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Risk Factors

Updates on Risk Factors for Testing for Immunology. Read More

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As a member, you will be eligible for registration fee discounts on all AAOA CME functions and all of our patient education and practice management resources. These savings alone can offset most or all of your dues. Join Today!

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How to treat allergies at home.
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