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Celebrating 80 Years Of Service!

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.

"Advance the comprehensive management of allergy and inflammatory disease in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery through training, education, and advocacy."

ADVOCACY UPDATES

CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

On July 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician…

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Congress Considers Extension of Telehealth Flexibilities Post-Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to…

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Changes To E/M Codes Beginning On January 1st

Effective January 1, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) finalized significant changes to…

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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

08/01/21: Scientific Abstract Submission Deadline
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09/06/21: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2021 Annual Meeting

12/01/21: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/22: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/22: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/22: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2022 Basic Course

EDUCATION

Our 2021 AAOA Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology will be launched June 1st: Over 11 hrs of pre-learning, on-demand will set you up to gain the full value of our curriculum and engage in the live-stream session.

Live Stream July 8-11 will offer unique learning formats to offer learners the core concepts of allergy diagnosis and management. Join us and test your pre-work efforts for our Immunology & Pharmacotheapy Trivia Slams; Great Debates on Environmental Controls; Allergen Testing Panel “Bake Off,” Late Night with Dr. Levy, AAOA’s Escape Room Expedition, Hands On Testing and Dose Calculation Practica, Office Tours, and more.

Structured for otolaryngologists integrating more allergy assessment and management into their practice, AAOA members providing specialized allergy care who need to remain current with literature-based evidence and practice trends, residents, PA/NPs who work in otolaryngology, and allied health staff who support their physicians in the management of allergic patients. The Basic Course offers unique opportunities to learn the state of the art in allergy patient care. Learn More

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IFAR Featured Content: COVID-19 - Free Access
Endonasal instrumentation and aerosolization risk in the era of COVID‐19: simulation, literature review, and proposed mitigation strategies . Read More

Changes in Managing Practices

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

2021 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
Content available until September 15 | Registration still open
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2021 AAOA Annual Meeting
Pre-launch Mid-September
Live Stream Starting on Oct 16 | Virtual
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2022 AAOA Advanced Course
In-Person!!! Santa Fe, NM
January 13-15, 2022
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USP 797 Online Module
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News and Updates

A Message From AAOA President, Wesley VanderArk, MD, FAAOA

July 2021 marks an almost 18 month journey through COVID. We have witnessed and personally…

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Project N95 Continues to Negotiate Lower Costs

As the challenges of the pandemic change, Project N95 continues to evolve to meet community…

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College Allergy Symptoms Treatment Back to Shcool

PRACTICE RESOURCES

AAOA Practice Resource Tool Kit

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) Practice Resource Tool Kit is intended as a guide to help AAOA members integrate allergy into their otolaryngology practice and to continually improve on this integration as new information, regulations, and resources become available.

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PARTNER RESOURCE CENTER

AAOA has launched a Partner Resource Center to bring you partner resources that can assist your practice and patient care.

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PATIENT CORNER

AAOA Leadership

A Message From The AAOA President Wesley VanderArk, MD, FAAOA

Now at the end of 2020, we embark on another year with the AAOA, but with significant and obvious changes. As an organization, we strive to continue to serve the membership with both education and tools necessary to treat allergic and inflammatory disease. The difference now is that suddenly we are no longer face to face. Instead, we find ourselves spending many hours on zoom attending courses and connecting virtually. Instead of having the opportunity to enjoy Scottsdale, AZ for our annual meeting, we all had the privilege of attending our annual meeting from the “world-class” destination of our own private family room, or whatever zoom background you chose to use. Certainly, a completely foreign experience from what any would have expected. The same was true for our Basic course this past summer.

The pivotal shift required for our organization to retool these meetings to a virtual format was only able to be done by the quick response and tireless efforts of all our physician volunteers and staff involved in the leadership of this organization. Even with the seemingly insurmountable challenges,
members still had the opportunity to learn cutting edge information on biologics, SCIT and SLIT, the interplay of allergy to other inflammatory disease, and vital practice management information. The AAOA was able to create an extremely successful product for both courses. The annual meeting is still available on-demand into January 2021, and I would highly encourage you to watch it. Live meetings have always been life giving events for this organization allowing for both member professional development, networking, and connecting with friends and colleagues. We still hope to have the opportunity even this year despite continued uncertainty. We anticipate our Basic Course in July in Seattle, WA, and Annual Meeting in Boston, MA in November. Even if COVID prevents us from having any live content, we have learned we can create an excellent learning experience for our members, and are dedicated to that process whatever form it takes.

The AAOA has a number of other member benefits offered to our members in addition to our courses put in place over the last few years and available through our website. These offerings include the Practice Resource Toolkit, Clinical Care Statements, Clinical Insights modules, a USP 797 compliance module in preparation for the new USP guidelines when they come into effect. Other member value includes CME accreditation counting toward Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (PART II) requirements for ABO-HNS. We continue to pursue advocacy efforts both at the AMA and through our socioeconomic committee intervening with payor issues, and interfacing with other sister organizations to strengthen our cause.

We continue to expand our website CME offerings as well. Even when COVID is behind us, we anticipate continued virtual meeting support for members unable to attend or prefer staying home. The basic direction of our organization has not changed despite the obvious change in format and delivery. We as a board are committed to create the best tools we can to enable professional development of you, the member, so you may more effectively treat your patients.

I am truly grateful to be part of this organization and honored to have the opportunity to be president. The board and associated leadership are made up of dedicated and accomplished physician volunteers and staff all excited and willing to further our mission. My hope is to lead this team in a cohesive effort to make our organization better. I urge you to stay connected during this crazy time and even contribute to the process as we move into 2021.

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