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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

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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Additional COVID-19 Relief Up in the Air

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appeared to be moving closer…

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CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

On August 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician…

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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

03/15/21: 2021 Annual Meeting Crowdsourcing
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03/15/21: Call for Proposals
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04/01/21: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/21: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/21: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2021 Basic Course

07/15/21: Call for Scientific Papers

09/01/21: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2021 Annual Meeting

12/01/21: Research Grant Cycle
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EDUCATION

Don't miss the opportunity to curate content you need now conveniently in your own office or home! The content will only be available until March 25th!

NEW YEAR, SAME PANDEMIC

Looking for insights as you focus on 2021 and practice growth? Still struggling with some of the reboot challenges from COVID? AAOA is re-releasing core content from its summer Pandemic course to help give you access to content you need now. Register now for the great way to gain insights, earn up to 13 hrs CME, and help meet your maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements.

JUST THE BASICS

Do you have new staff and need help training them on the core concepts of allergy diagnosis and management in ENT? In your practice reboot, are you reconsidering your practice set up or considering adding allergy to your practice? Are you looking for great review tools for you and your staff?

To help you we are offering time-limited access to our core allergy education library to give you and your staff the tools you need to get up to speed or refresh on the key concepts in allergy diagnosis and management. Register today and earn up to 8.75 hrs of CME (MOC eligible).

IFAR

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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

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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

New Year, Same Pandemic
January 25-March 25 | On-Demand
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Just the Basics
January 25-March 25 | On-Demand
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2021 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
On-demand Mid-June Live Stream Targeted For July 8-11 | Virtual
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USP 797 Online Module
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2021 AAOA Annual Meeting
Pre-launch Mid-September
Live Stream Starting on Oct 16 | Virtual
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News and Updates

CMS Coding 2021 – AAOA Zoomcast

A brief summary of the CMS Coding 2021 – AAOA Zoomcast Series: Just In Time…

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Re-Engaging Patients During and Post COVID-19 Pandemic – AAOA Zoomcast

A brief summary of the Re-Engaging Patients 2021 - AAOA Zoomcast Series: Just In Time…

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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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PATIENT CORNER

Leap To Moon AAOA CEO Update

We Are Rolling Out Our First Completely Virtual CME Course

Chamberlain’s often-used quote about living in interesting times used to sound trite, but today it does not seem to say enough to help describe how the world has changed. There are days it seems like we are climbing up the first hill of a roller coaster as it is still being built. We are all waiting for normal, whatever new normal is, while mustering along each day.

What does this mean for the AAOA? What does it mean for our members? How do we pivot to help assure we are offering services, tools, and education to help?

As the impact of COVID became real, we started to sift and sort the overwhelming amount of information. We polled members to get
some peer-to-peer examples of what members were doing (https://www.aaoallergy.org/news-from-aaoa/aaoa-covid-19-member-alert/). It became clear early that the new reality is very different depending on incidence and exposure.

We worked with AMA in healthcare efforts to get Congress, CMS, HHS, and other regulatory agencies to lift restraints on healthcare. Working together, we pushed for changes in telehealth, access to PPE, and support for physicians and their practices through the PPP in the CARES Act. We continue to monitor and work with our peer organizations to help support not only healthcare’s COVID response, but the future of medicine and physicians’ ability to re-engage in patient care and re-open their practices.
As states start relaxing restrictions, we added to our resources to include our Just In Time Content Zoom Cast Series and our Re-Starting SCIT Resource Tool.

As we are putting together this issue, we are building our new virtual course — Core Allergy & Rhinology Concepts: Age of Pandemics and
Beyond
: Learn How to Reboot Your Practice and Freshen Up on Core Allergy and Rhinology Components. We culled feedback from members to help assure we hit the key topics pertinent to rebooting an otolaryngology practice. As we consider the challenges from COVID, rebooting practices opens a whole new set of questions and challenges that cause one to pause and re-think priorities. Scope of practice, patient and payer mix, cash flow, staffing skills and priorities, safety, and rebuilding patient trust all tie to how one considers pathways to reboot and regain their practice. Our goal is to make this content accessible.

So we are rolling out our first completely virtual CME Course. We are rolling it out in parts to help assure access and to get the content out in a timely way. We have reduced our cost per CME hour by 50% and offered pricing options. Members can access all three parts or register only for the parts that help them now.

This also opens opportunities to register your staff for the Core Allergy component for either a refresher on allergy diagnosis, testing, vial prep,
dosing, and related key concepts or for those who are hiring new staff to help jump start your allergy practice.

Our third component will focus on re-starting rhinology in your practice from the diagnosis and office-based procedures to core concepts in overall rhinology patient management.

We are striving to help deliver resources that will help our members rebuild their practices. We hope you will consider this unique opportunity to participate in AAOA CME programming virtually.

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