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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

USP Update

Final Standards for Allergen Extract Compounding under USP Chapter 797 The long-awaited new USP Chapter…

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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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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

06/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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06/01/19: Call For Scientific Abstracts Deadline
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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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04/01/20: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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EDUCATION

Be a Part of the 2019 AAOA Annual Meeting!

AAOA is accepting Scientific Abstracts for in-person oral or poster presentation at the 2019 AAOA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA - September 13-15, 2019. Submit Scientific Abstract 

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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 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

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

International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology Top Articles 2018-2019

Read top articles published in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology 2018-2019. Most Cited International Consensus…

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CEO Update – Re·im·ag·ine

re·im·ag·ineverb reinterpret (an event, work of art, etc) imaginatively; rethink Reimagined, Reinvented, Reinvigorated….these are all…

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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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MACRA Reporting Timeline

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MACRA Reporting Timeline

January 2017

  • Beginning of the first MACRA performance year. Providers must either participate in the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM). Payment adjustments and bonuses assessed in 2019 will be based on this performance year.
  • As of January 1, providers can begin collecting performance data.

March 31, June 30 & August 31 2017

  1. “Snapshot” dates when CMS will evaluate Part B claims to determine if entities qualify as an advanced APM for the year.

September 1 – November 1 2017

  1. Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) self-nomination period for the 2018 performance period. The QCDR must have at least 25 participants by January 1 of the performance year to qualify

October 2, 2017

  • Providers who wish to report more than the single piece of quality data to avoid the penalty must begin collecting data if they wish to qualify for a bonus in 2019.

January 2018

  • Providers will begin collecting performance data for 2018. Payment adjustments and bonuses in 2021 will be based on this performance year.
  • The reporting requirements will be determined during a rulemaking cycle in 2017 and may differ from the 2017 reporting requirements.

March 31, 2018

  • Participating providers must submit all data for the 2017 performance period, regardless of when they began collecting data. Under the “Pick Your Pace” option providers can report in one of the following ways:
  • Minimum Data Submission: Submit at least one piece of quality data and avoid a negative payment adjustment.
  • Partial Year Data Submission: Submit 90 days worth of 2017 data and potentially earn a small bonus or be held harmless.
  • Full Year Data Submission: Submit a full year of 2017 data and potentially earn a bonus or be held harmless.
  • Submit No Data: Receive a 4 percent negative payment adjustment in 2019.

July 18, 2018

  • CMS will provide performance feedback on the Quality and Resource Use categories based on 2017 quality data.

December 31, 2018

  • Meaningful Use (MU), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and Value-based Modifier (VM) payment adjustment sunset for Medicare providers.

2019

  • Bonuses and negative payment adjustments based on 2017 reporting are assessed for those in MIPS.
  • Penalties will be -4% and bonuses will range from 4-12%
  • Entities who qualified as advanced APMs will receive a 5 percent bonus.

2020

  • Bonuses and negative payment adjustments based on 2018 reporting are assessed for those in MIPS.
  • Penalties will be -5% and bonuses will range from 5-15%
  • Entities who qualified as advanced APMs will receive a 5 percent bonus.

2021

  • Bonuses and negative payment adjustments based on 2018 reporting are assessed for those in MIPS.
  • Penalties will be -7% and bonuses will range from 7-21%
  • Entities who qualified as advanced APMs will receive a 5 percent bonus.

2022

  • Bonuses and negative payment adjustments based on 2018 reporting are assessed for those in MIPS.
  • Penalties will be -9% and bonuses will range from 9-27%
  • Entities who qualified as advanced APMs will receive a 5 percent bonus.

Access a PDF Version of the AAOA MACRA Reporting Timeline

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The AAOA Today is produced quarterly by AAOA and its members. The quarterly issues offer you news and updates.

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. Read More

Become a Member-Join Now

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!

Posts from AAOA Leaders

Allergies, not just for summer anymore.
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How to treat allergies at home.
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