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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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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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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

AAOA Today

AAOA Today

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

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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!

Posts from AAOA Leaders

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