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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."


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


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


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IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454


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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College Allergy Symptoms Treatment Back to Shcool


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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AAOA has launched a Partner Resource Center to bring you partner resources that can assist your practice and patient care.

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AAOA Annual Meeting 2017

Annual Meeting Highlights

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The AAOA would like to sincerely thank the faculty, leadership, and attendees who helped make the 2017 Annual Meeting a tremendous success. The 2017 Annual Meeting was held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL from September 8-10, 2017. The newly redesigned event focused on delivering winning practice management strategies based around Otolaryngology practices, interactive sessions for greater attendee involvement and learning, recap sessions for review of the Basic Principles of Allergy, and even offered discovering parts of the Windy City itself.

The 2017 Annual Meeting kicked off with a panel discussion on how to make SLIT part of an ENT practice. The Annual Business Meeting then followed where lunch was served on the same occasion. The content meets culture sessions blended a mix of educational case-based learning discussions with networking while discovering the city of Chicago. The Windy City Tours were followed by two keynote speakers; Attorney Kevin Glenn to discuss techniques to stay out of trouble with the law and Amal Assa’ad, MD discussing new food allergy prevention and treatments. The AAOA Soirée took the attendees to The Art Institute of Chicago where they enjoyed a private viewing of galleries, had the occasion to network, and learned about some of the latest research with the otolaryngology poster presentations. The following research posters were presented on that evening:

  • 90 Years Of Otolaryngology-Allergy Literature: Where We’ve Been & Where We’re Going
    Poster Presenter: Matthew Crowson, MD, Duke University
  • Nigella Sativa In The Treatment Of Allergic Rhinitis
    Poster Presenter: Agnes Czibulka, MD, Yale University
  • Staff Training For Emergencies In Allergy Management (Steam)
    Poster Presenter: Alexa Castellano, MD, Southern Illinois University
  • Readability Assessment Of Allergy Online Patient Education Materials
    Poster Presenter: Samir Ballestas, MD, Emory University

Saturday was a day full of learning, alternating between keynote lectures and concurrent sessions where attendees could decide which topics discussed best matched the educational needs. These practice management and ReCAP sessions where broken down with lunch and coffee breaks. The day ended with the Taste of Chicago reception where attendees could enjoy local food and network with other physicians, faculty, and exhibitors. The food highlighted Lou Malnati’s famous deep-dish pizza, pasta dishes, Italian beef, hot dogs with some of the city’s favorite toppings, and more! The dessert table ranged from different flavors of cheesecake, the Palmer House’s iconic brownies, Garrett popcorn, and Dove ice cream bars.

Sunday was kicked off by the Scientific Breakfast, where attendees could learn about new research and findings while enjoying a warm breakfast. The following five researchers presented at the Scientific Breakfast on Sunday, September 10, 2017:

  • Single vs. Multi-Allergen Sublingual Immunotherapy in the Polysensitized Patient
    Oral Presenter: Alexandra Shams Ortiz, MD, SAUSHEC
  • Comparison of Physician Adherence to the Allergic Rhinitis Clinical Practice Guidelines
    Oral Presenter: Adam Honeybrook, MD, Duke University
  • Airborne and Food Sensitivity Patterns in Children and Adults with Eosinophilic Esophagitis
    Oral Presenter: Yu Ting He, MD, Cornell University
  • Effects of Allergy Testing Methods on Driving Immunotherapy Outcomes
    Oral Presenter: Thomas Kaffenberger, MD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Air Pollutants May be Modifiable Factors in Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Rhinosinusitis
    Oral Presenter: Leila Mady, MD, University of Pittsburgh

Sarah Wise, MD, Board Member and the Director of Educational Programs reviewed the presenters’ manuscripts and awarded the first prize to Dr. Leila Mady and co-authors for their paper/presentation entitled “Air Pollutants May Be Modifiable Environmental Risk Factors in Chronic Rhinosinusitis Disease Progression” for the quality and level of innovation of research. The second prize was awarded to Dr. Adam Honeybrook and co-authors for their paper/presentation entitled “Physician Adherence to the AAO-HNSF Allergic Rhinitis Clinical Practice Guideline.”

In addition to their presentation at the meeting, all accepted research-based abstracts were submitted to the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology (IFAR), the official journal of the AAOA. The success of the journal is due to the unyielding commitment of our editor and reviewers. The following AAOA members were noted as top IFAR reviewers from September 2016-2017 for their diligence and quality of review:

  • Jeremy Alt, MD, PhD
  • Amber Luong, MD, PhD
  • Kent Lam, MD
  • William Reisacher, MD

We would like to also congratulate the 2017 Annual Meeting Foundation travel grant recipients:

  • Alexa Castellano, MD, Southern Illinois University
  • Matt Crowson, MD, Duke University
  • Andrew Victores, MD, Johns Hopkins University

The Exhibit Hall was the perfect place for food and coffee breaks between sessions. Attendees were able to learn about the Exhibitors’ latest products, network with other attendees, learn more about AAOA upcoming events and programs, while enjoying breakfast, lunch, or a cup of coffee with the Palmer House Hilton’s famous brownies. In effort to promote interaction in the Exhibit Hall, we repeated our “Exhibitor Expedition” game.

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Douglas Anderson, MD
  • Nathan Deckard, MD
  • Paul Juengel, MD

Our education committee devoted a tremendous amount of time to drastically redesign the 2017 Annual Meeting and worked tirelessly to offer new interactive formats conducive to learning, while ensuring that the content for this meeting was relevant to today’s environment, and highlighted by real patient cases. A special thank you to Cecelia Damask, DO, Matthew Ryan, MD, and the entire Education Committee for their involvement in planning the redesign of this meeting.

As we prepare for 2018 Annual Meeting, we encourage your involvement in next year’s program by submitting an instruction course or a scientific research abstract for consideration. Additional details will be available at and by e-mail. Please reach out to if you have any question about the 2018 Annual Meeting.

We hope to see you next year at the Loews in Philadelphia, PA from September 14—16, 2018 at our 77th Annual Meeting!

2018 Annual Meeting

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