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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.

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

ADVOCACY UPDATES

Act Now to Avoid MACRA Penalties

Before the close of 2017, all physicians must take action to avoid the 4 percent…

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CMS Releases Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule outlining the requirements…

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AAOA Member Advocacy Update: Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).…

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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

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

08/01/21:Scientific Abstract Submission Deadline
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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

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

IFAR

Available Now

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 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
On-demand June 1; Live Stream 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

AAOA COVID-19 Member Alert

First and foremost, we hope you are all safe and healthy. These are not easy…

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First Drug for Treatment of Peanut Allergy for Children is Approved by FDA

“Peanut allergy affects approximately 1 million children in the U.S. and only 1 out of…

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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

CARES Act and Public Health Emergency Funds Allocation

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced how it plans to allocate the Public Health Emergency Fund authorized by the CARES Act to deliver financial relief to providers. Congress appropriated $100 billion for this fund, and until this week, had only announced how $30 billion would be spent.  More information can be found here.

Congress just appropriated another $75 billion to this fund on April 23 and we will continue to monitor how these funds will be dispersed.

  • General Allocation of $50 billion:
    • The second tranche of these funds, $20 billion, will be distributed based on 2018 net patient revenue, not just Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will distribute these funds based on cost reports, which are filed by hospitals and some other facilities. Providers without cost reports on file should attest to their net 2018 revenue through an online portal which is not yet active.  Please check this website for the portal once it goes live.  Disbursements of these funds will begin on April 24 and be made on a weekly, rolling basis, as information is validated.
  • The first tranche of these funds, $30 billion, has already been allocated to clinicians and facilities based on their Medicare Part A and B fee-for-service reimbursements in 2019.  Providers were not required to take any action to receive a portion of this funding.
  • Allocation of $10 billion for Rural Providers: Rural health clinics and hospitals will receive a payment from this allocation proportional to their operating expenses. These payments will begin next week and HHS has not provided any additional information about actions these institutions must take to receive these funds.
  • Other Allocations:
  • $10 billion for High Impact Areas – Hospitals in areas that have been particularly impacted by COVID-19 can apply for a portion of this allocation here by Saturday, April 25 at 3 pm.
    • $400 million for Indian Health Service facilities
    • An unspecified amount for the treatment of the uninsured with COVID-19 – These funds may be claimed beginning April 27 at here and the reimbursement for the uninsured will be based on Medicare payment rates.
    • An unspecified amount for providers including skilled nursing facilities, dentists, and providers who solely take Medicaid.
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