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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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02/22/22: Deadline For Call For Proposals
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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 live stream of the 2021 AAOA Annual Meeting concluded on October 21st, but you can still register and earn CME/MOC credits. 4 hours of Pre-Work On-Demand content will be accessible until November 15, 2021. If you missed a lecture during our live-streamed content, do not worry. Most of the lectures will be available within the next week until November 15, 2021. 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

2022 AAOA Advanced Course
Hybrid! Santa Fe, NM & Virtually
January 13-15, 2022
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2022 AAOA Basic Course
The Diptomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL
June 30-July 2, 2022

2022 AAOA Annual Meeting
Loews Philadelphia, PA
September 9-11, 2022

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

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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