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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."


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CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

On August 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician…

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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

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Upcoming Dates

03/15/21: 2021 Annual Meeting Crowdsourcing
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03/15/21: Call for Proposals
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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

07/15/21: Call for Scientific Papers

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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Don't miss the opportunity to curate content you need now conveniently in your own office or home! The content will only be available until March 25th!


Looking for insights as you focus on 2021 and practice growth? Still struggling with some of the reboot challenges from COVID? AAOA is re-releasing core content from its summer Pandemic course to help give you access to content you need now. Register now for the great way to gain insights, earn up to 13 hrs CME, and help meet your maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements.


Do you have new staff and need help training them on the core concepts of allergy diagnosis and management in ENT? In your practice reboot, are you reconsidering your practice set up or considering adding allergy to your practice? Are you looking for great review tools for you and your staff?

To help you we are offering time-limited access to our core allergy education library to give you and your staff the tools you need to get up to speed or refresh on the key concepts in allergy diagnosis and management. Register today and earn up to 8.75 hrs of CME (MOC eligible).


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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

New Year, Same Pandemic
January 25-March 25 | On-Demand
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Just the Basics
January 25-March 25 | On-Demand
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2021 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
On-demand Mid-June Live Stream Targeted For 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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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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Videos from the 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting

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Our 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting explored hot topics — both clinical and practice management. Due to the overwhelming popularity, we are making recordings of the best available to our AAOA members.

Full Videos can be accessed in “Resources” section of your AAOA membership portal. Must be an AAOA member to view. To view, please Sign In 

Contact AAOA: or (202) 955-5010 with any questions.

The 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting was held at the Loews Philadelphia, PA from September 14-16, 2018. The must-attend event focused on delivering winning practice management strategies based around Otolaryngology practices, interactive sessions for greater attendee involvement and learning, Review of Core Allergy Principles (ReCAP), and even offered discovering parts of Philly itself.

Demonstrating the Value of the Otolaryngic Allergist, presented by Nick Hernandez, MBA, FACHE, CEO/Founder of ABISA, LLC. Introduction: Cecelia Damask, DO, FAAOA.
Focus: The healthcare and regulatory environment that physicians operate in is evolving rapidly. Reimbursement for physician services is changing, and compensation for employed physicians is increasingly based on outcomes prioritized by the healthcare organization. Ways the Otolaryngic allergist can begin meeting these challenges are explored.

Expanding Scope of Practice: How to Expand Services Lines to Drive Patient Satisfaction, presented by Nick Hernandez, MBA, FACHE; Matthew Patterson, MD and Gavin Setzen, MD. Moderator: Chuck Syms, MD, MBA.
Focus: Otolaryngology practices offer some unique areas for expanding scope of practice/service lines. This panel will explore opportunities and challenges around typical service lines such as allergy, balance PT rehab, hearing aids (vs diagnostic audiology), Clinical research, in-office CT scans, sleep, asthma, biologics, balance therapy, and telehealth.

Federal Updates: What’s New in Biologics and at NIH–NIAID, presented at the 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. NIH Representative: Alkis Togias, MD. Moderator: John H. Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA.
Focus: Discussion highlighting current NIH-NIAID efforts/research focus; What is new with biologics and their role in clinical management of inflammatory disease; Review of new asthma guidelines and what clinicians need to know.

How to Improve Patient Compliance (Immunotherapy & Beyond), presented by a panel of experts Thomas Murphy, MD; Michael Platt, MD and Gavin Setzen, MD. Moderator: Sarah Wise, MD, FAAOA.
Focus: Immunotherapy is only as effective as the patient is compliant. The engaging AAOA panel reviews what the literature says about immunotherapy and compliance and to learn new ways to improve patient compliance and patient outcomes.

SoME and Me – Where Does Social Media Fit in Modern Clinical Practice? presentedby panelists: John Craddock, MD; Sandra Lin, MD; Shena Matsos and Tristin Bates. Moderator: Jennifer Villwock, MD, FAAOA.
Focus: Presenters will show you how your website, Facebook page, patient portal, text messaging and other tools can help you more fully connect with your current and future patients. Dives into what Otolaryngic allergists need to know to succeed on social media.

BJ Ferguson Memorial Keynote Lecture: Asthma, Airway Disease and the Intersection of Biology and Biologics, presented by Sally E. Wenzel, MD, Director, University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC/UPSOM.
Focus: Asthma and the intersection of pathobiology and targeted biologic therapies.

Efficient Work Flow or Log Jam?…Is Your Practice Operationally Sound? presented at the 2018 AAOA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia by Cheyenne Brinson, CPA, MBA.
Focus: This session explores common operational issues, beginning with the schedule, revamping the intake process, patient portal usage, perfecting patient flow, time saving tips for the clinical team, and how to leverage the electronic systems.

Evaluating Service Lines & Practice Flow for Practice Sustainability, presented by Cheyenne Brinson, CPA, MBA. Introduction: Elizabeth Mahoney Davis, MD.
Focus: This session explores the steps to evaluate your allergy service line from finances to operations including ways to boost the bottom line, ensure an efficient workflow, and determine practice sustainability.

Coding 101: Beyond Correct Coding—Getting Paid for What You Do and Avoiding Billing Blunders, presented by Kristin Vaughn, CPC, CGCS, CMSCS, CPMA, ICDCT-CM. Introduction: David Palmer, MD.
Focus: this session is designed for those who need to better understand coding and its nuances associated with allergy billing and compliance. Insightful overview of current hot topics in coding that includes extra time for questions.

Coding Hot Topics: Coding Strategies for 2018 & Beyond, presented by Kristin Vaughn, CPC, CGCS, CMSCS, CPMA, ICDCT-CM. Introduction: Maria Veling, MD.
Focus: this session will review proven strategies for combating these time wasters with insightful overview of current hot topics for coding and open Q&A discussion with participants.

Note: The highlight videos feature individual presenters and their perspectives. The information is provided for educational purposes only. Viewers are reminded each practice is responsible for confirming coverage, coding, and payment parameters for those payers that affect their practice. Nothing presented should be construed as AAOA policy or recommendations. They do not attempt to define a quality of care for legal malpractice proceedings. They should not be taken as recommending for or against a particular company or its products. They are not meant for patients to use in treating themselves or making decisions about their care. Advances constantly occur in medicine, and some advances will doubtless occur faster than these materials can be updated.  

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*A Member Candidate must have completed the membership application before the Application Deadline (45 days prior to the annual business meeting, approximately July 31st). Learn More

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are non-transferable. Refunds for paid registrations (less a 50% administration fee) may be considered for cancellations received in writing by the AAOA prior to August 13, 2019.

Cancellations received after August 13, 2019 are non-refundable. 

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