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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

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

08/01/22: Scientific Abstract Submission Deadline

09/01/22: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2022 Annual Meeting

EDUCATION

The education committee of the AAOA has put together an all-star lineup for this year’s virtual Annual Meeting taking place October 16th to 21st. Like last year, our Annual Meeting will offer live-stream and on-demand content. Some content will be available for self-paced on-demand viewing on September 15th, 2021. Learn More

IFAR

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IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454

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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 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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2022 AAOA Basic Course
The Diptomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL
June 30-July 2, 2022

USP 797 Online Module
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News and Updates

United Agrees To Give Physicians ERISA Rights in Connection with Repayment Demands

Bottom line Recent class action settlement gives all out-of-network (“ONET”) physicians important – and often overlooked –…

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Starting an Allergy Practice

The essential tools and pearls for a successful allergy practice by those who have done…

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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

The Top Five Items AAOA Members Should Know

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  1. MACRA  (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act) is different from ACA (Affordable Care Act)

    Most of the quality and EMR measures initially listed in the ACA, such as Meaningful Use, are being replaced by Quality Payment Programs (QPP) such as MIPS.  While politics are difficult to predict and there are calls to repeal and replace ACA, physicians will still likely be affected by MACRA and its QPPs.  Physician data collection for MACRA began in 2017.  The AAOA will strive to keep our members up to date and provide useful links to resources.  A good place to start is CMS for the unfamiliar.

  2. How do members get more involved?

    1. Become an AAOA Fellow.
    2. Submit for Research Grants.
    3. Submit an Instruction Course for the Annual Meeting (Deadline March 1st).
    4. Participate in AAOA Committees.
  3. What is the AAOA Leadership working on?

    • Our digital platform is in its early years and we are looking for the best ways to create and deliver.
    • We are working on a large literature review on Allergic Rhinitis (ICAR) for our journal which will serve as an excellent reference for our members.
    • Our social media presence has increased recently; follow the AAOA on Twitter (link).
    • Redesign of MOC/Core Basic Meeting into the more interactive Allergy /Rhinology Course.
    • The Annual Meeting continues to be modified to be more valuable to our members.
    •  The IFAR journal continues to grow with higher metrics of reputation and new Podcasts that have proved popular.
  4. There continues to be issues with allergy mixing included in more stringent compounding regulation.

    Regulations prompted by infections complications from spine and joint injections affect the AAOA and our friends in Allergy Immunology and other ENT sub-specialties.  The AAOA is actively working with other professional societies to educate the FDA and pharmacist organizations about the exceptional low risk of infection from allergy immunotherapy and the importance of not creating unnecessary barriers to access.   Large responses to surveys and requests for public comments have been very helpful in our advocacy of safe, accessible, and personalized immunotherapy.

  5. Allergy and Sinus Codes are in different phases of review.

    The AAOA will continue to work with other societies, including the AAO-HNS and the AMA, to provide informed decision-making as codes are reviewed.  AAOA members’ co-membership in the AAO-HNS and the AMA are essential to provide a greater political voice in valuation of codes.

AAOA staff, volunteer leadership, and members continue to work together on array of issues that directly impact our member’s practices.  It is an important time to be an active AAOA member.

Whit Mims, MD

AAOA President

AAOA President Mims

Whit Mims MD

Dr Mims is a board certified physician serving the AAOA community as the 2017 AAOA President. Learn More about the AAOA’s Leadership.

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