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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

CMS Extends the MIPS 2017 Data Submission Deadline from March 31 to April 3 at 8 PM EDT

If you’re an eligible clinician participating in the Quality Payment Program, you now have until Tuesday, April 3,…

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Congress Moves Closer to Close the Books on FY 2018 Appropriations

In a span of 4 days, Congress passed legislation to fund the government through March…

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Act Now to Avoid MACRA Penalties

Before the close of 2017, all physicians must take action to avoid the 4 percent…

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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

04/01/2018: 2018 Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/2018: Research Grant Cycle

12/01/2018: Research Grant Cycle
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07/31/18: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2018 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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Updated Advanced Course

Drs. Damask and Parker will lead the faculty for our annual Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology that builds on the Basic Course and delves further into allergy diagnosis, management, and treatment.
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Interactive Allergy & Rhinology Course

Course directors, Christine Franzese and Sarah Wise, are excited to announce the 2018 AAOA Interactive Allergy and Rhinology Course.
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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

2018 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 5-7 | Hollywood, FL
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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

The AAOA Wins Gold in Association TRENDS 2017 All-Media Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Marina Fassnacht Director of Marketing and Communications 11130 Sunrise Valley Dr.…

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Alert: Nationwide Shortage of Sterile Water for Injections

Nationwide shortage of Sterile Water for Injections is affecting multiple manufacturers. Some Specialty Pharmacies are…

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Choose the IndependENT 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting!

Building off the success of our radically re-designed Chicago Annual Meeting, we look forward to…

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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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