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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

Medicare 2022 Conversion Factor Update

Thanks to lobbying efforts from the House of Medicine, Congress took action this month. The…

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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 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

02/15/22: Deadline For Call For Proposals
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02/28/22: 2022 Advanced Course Content Access
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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

12/01/22: Research Grant Cycle
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EDUCATION

Have you missed The 2022 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology? Not a problem! The pre-work content and recorded live contenet are available on-demand until February 28th. Register Today

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

2022 AAOA Advanced Course
On–Demand Access until February 28
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2022 AAOA Basic Course - Hybrid!
The Diplomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL
June 30-July 2, 2022
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2022 AAOA Annual Meeting
Loews Philadelphia, PA
September 9-11, 2022
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USP 797 Online Module
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News and Updates

DosedDaily: A Free Resource For Residents

The AAOA has partnered with DosedDaily to offer a free resource for residents to support…

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OSHA COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Emergency Temporary Standard

On Friday, November 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an interim final…

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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

Biden Administration Rules on Vaccination Mandates

The Biden administration released two rules mandating vaccination in the workplace.  First, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) mandating that health care workers at facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid to be fully vaccinated –either two doses of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson – by January 4th.  Second, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requiring employers with 100 or more employees to ensure each of their workers at is fully vaccinated or tests for COVID-19 on at least a weekly basis by January 4th. OSHA will also require employers to provide paid-time for employees to get vaccinated, and ensure all unvaccinated workers wear a face mask in the workplace. 

The facility types covered by the CMS IFR are hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis facilities, home health agencies, and long-term care facilities.  The requirement applies to both clinical and non-clinical staff at these facilities, including: employees, students, trainees, and volunteers.  Additionally, this also includes individuals who provide care, treatment, or other services for the facility and/or its patients under contract.  It also applies to physicians admitting and/or treating patients in a facility. This regulation does not apply to physician offices (unless part of a larger system) because they are not subject to CMS health and safety regulations.  The CMS IFR takes priority over other federal vaccination requirements.  While the IFR goes into effect immediately, CMS will accept comments for 60 days.  

Under the OSHA ETS, covered employers will be required to develop, implement, and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy. As alternative to a mandatory vaccination requirement, employers have the option to develop, implement and enforce a policy for employees not fully vaccinated that requires weekly testing and mandatory face coverings while in the workplace. The vaccine mandate applies to all employers under OSHA jurisdiction of at least 100 employees firm- or corporate-wide, but does not include employees who do not report to a workplace where other employees are present. Employers must determine vaccine status of all employees, obtain proof of vaccination from all employees, and maintain records of employee vaccination status. Employers must also provide support for employee vaccination, including at least four hours of paid leave to receive the vaccine, as well as reasonable paid time off for recovery of vaccine side effects. Employees who elect to not receive the vaccination will be subject to weekly testing, but employers are not required to cover those testing expenses. Additionally, all unvaccinated employees will be required to wear a face covering when indoors or occupying a vehicle with other employees. Employers may not prevent any employee from voluntarily wearing a face covering at any time unless its creates a serious occupational hazard. 

While comments on the OSHA ETS will be accept for 30 days, the ETS is effective immediately. All requirements other than the testing requirement must be met within 30 days of publication for employees who have not completed their vaccination series. Testing requirements must be met within 60 days for all employees not vaccinated.  

Here are links to key documents:

November 4 OSHA and CMS Announcements

White House Fact Sheet: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/11/04/fact-sheet-biden-administration-announces-details-of-two-major-vaccination-policies/

OSHA ETS Links

Walsh-Zients Op-ed: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/11/04/covid-vaccination-rule-help-end-pandemic/6265864001/

Main DOL ETS page: https://www.osha.gov/vaccinationETS

DOL Resources About the Standard:

Federal Register:https://public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2021-23643.pdf

CMS Rule Links

Press Release: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/biden-harris-administration-issues-emergency-regulation-requiring-covid-19-vaccination-health-care

FAQs: www.cms.gov/files/document/cms-omnibus-staff-vax-requirements-2021.docx

External FAQs are also posted to CMS Current Emergencies Page under ‘Clinical & Technical Guidance for all health care providers’ https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page

Federal Register:https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/current

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