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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

2021 AAOA Annual Meeting
Pre-launch Mid-September
On-Demand Access Closes on November 15
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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

A Message From The AAOA President Michael Platt, MD, FAAOA

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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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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

AAOA Leadership

It Started with the 1998 AAOA Basic Course…

by Christopher Vickery, MD, FAAOA

In the late 90s, I was a fairly typical recent graduate from residency, headstrong in my sophomoric certainty that my “advanced” surgical skills would make for great outcomes for my patients and most certainly secure my fame and fortune. It did not take long for me to realize that despite adequate aeration of the paranasal sinuses, all complaints and pathology did not resolve.  

My prior allergy experience consisted of a month (an entire 20 workdays) I had spent on an allergy rotation as a third year resident, mostly thankful for some free time to study for the inservice. But I was a stranger in a strange land; that world seemed far less fast paced and more nuanced than my familiar turf of Otolaryngology, but other than learning to refer a patient for allergy evaluation, I failed to see direct application.  Had I missed something?

During my first year of private practice, one of my senior partners strongly suggested/required that I attend the Basic course for the AAOA in 1998.  So off I went.  

The setting and course were nice enough, but it was definitely an alien world.  The immunology sounded familiar enough from medical school, but a Cyclical Food Allergy lecture left me completely bewildered.  Nevertheless, I came away with a budding notion; maybe I need to be more cognisant of allergy’s role contributing to the pathology that was walking into my clinic.  

I began to look for allergy patients and began testing and treating what I found.  To my surprise, patients got better. They returned for their recheck after immunotherapy for 6 months and symptoms were legitimately improved, sometimes much more than my postoperative patients.  With this reinforcement of outcomes, I continued to cultivate the allergy component of my practice.

Fast forward ten years. My allergy practice had grown considerably.  I was still busy surgically, but the sinus patients were definitely experiencing better outcomes with more aggressive allergy treatments.  My pediatric patients were doing better with more attention to the allergy side of their pathology. Even my LPR patients who also had allergies were less dependent on PPI therapy if their allergies were managed.  

Despite this growing allergy practice, I had failed to make it to any more of the AAOA meetings.  With a twinge of guilt about this volume of allergy, I decided it was time to further my education and pursue the AAOA fellowship pathway. I signed up to repeat the Basic course and steeled my resolve to follow through with the requirements.  There were charismatic and entertaining lecturers at the podium presenting material that went beyond what I had learned previously in a fresh and engaging format. I was hooked.  

I navigated the course requirements and successfully sat for the written and oral boards, which all proved considerably less painful than I had envisioned.  Meanwhile my allergy practice continued to grow and my general and pediatric Otolaryngology patients had better outcomes and received better diagnosis and education because of my new training.  Furthermore, through these courses, I had developed a network of colleagues who would return my calls and field questions when I was stumped.  

Over the years, I have continued in my involvement with the AAOA; the benefits are myriad.  Attending courses helps to maintain currency as well as fulfilling those pesky CME requirements.  It also provides intellectual and personal stimulation through the network of colleagues whom I now look forward to seeing at meetings.  In a broader sense, there is a huge personal and professional satisfaction in learning what some of the brightest minds in our field are doing and thinking.  Finally, but hardly least, there are incalculable advocacy benefits. Never would busy practitioners have the time, resources, or skills to navigate regulatory quagmires like USP 797. 

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