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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 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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CEO Update – Spring/Summer 2018

Leap to Moon AAOA CEO UpdateHaving just finished our weekend effort to plan our annual meeting, like our leadership, our staff is excited about what we are offering.

As Dr. Damask notes, this year celebrates a number of firsts. In addition to being our first stand-alone annual meeting, it is the first time we used crowdsourcing to help build the program you, our learners, need. The whole idea stemmed from our member survey last year. The results of that survey highlighted a few key things.

  • No one just practices allergy within their otolaryngology practice. Unlike many of the otolaryngology specialty societies, our members are predominantly in general private practice; allergy is about 20-30% of that practice.
  • Clinical care is not what keeps our members up at night. Our members are struggling with day-to-day practice issues — how to improve office efficiencies; how to understand payor and patient mix and the impact on the practice; changes in healthcare shifting the cost burden to patients & the impact of high deductibles on immunotherapy and related otolaryngic services; what are the best staffing models? Physician compensation models? Should I merge?
  • Our members would prefer a meeting without all the conflicts of concurrent sessions offered by other otolaryngology societies. In fact, they prefer an environment where they can network with peers to gain insights into how their fellow AAOA members address both clinical and practice management issues.

Our goal in Philadelphia is to offer a blend of current clinical hot topics, practice management topics, and peer-to-peer networking in an environment that is both conducive to learning and to fun. Let’s face it, in today’s medical environment there are lots of options for continuing medical education. We have worked to build a program that is a “Can’t Miss” to offer a compelling reason to get on a plane.

Biologics have the potential to revolutionize how inflammation is treated. Already making an impact in asthma management, new studies are looking at biologics as a first line treatment for nasal polyposis. Friday, we will kick of the program with our Joint AAOA-ARS Panel: Looking at the Demise of the Sinus Surgeon and exploring the role of biologics in ENT. This will be followed by Sally Wenzel, MD, from UPMC, as our featured BJ Ferguson Keynote, offering her view of asthma phenotypes and understanding and treating severe asthma. Daniel Rotrosen, MD, Director of the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation and Dr. Alkis Togias, Chief of the Asthma and Inflammation Section, Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation, both from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), will highlight what is trending in research and how it translates to patient care. High on the NIAID list is an update on the asthma guidelines and the role of biologics in disease management.

Friday afternoon will feature our Content Meets Culture sessions. Come participate in peer-to-peer learning while also getting out and seeing some of the famous landmarks in the City of Brotherly Love.

Our committee is working hard to match hot clinical topics such as SLIT, food allergy, migraine, and sinus disease with the unique landscape of Philadelphia. No one likes sitting in a hotel for a 3-day meeting. This is your chance to both see some of what Philadelphia has to offer and augment your learning.

In response to our crowdsourcing, Saturday will be devoted to practice management topics — from burnout and service lines to staffing, coding, and contracting — and our Review of Core Allergy Principles. The latter will offer insights for both those new to adding allergy to the practice or new to an ENT practice offering allergy and those who want to get an update on testing techniques, immunotherapy options, and key patient management issues. Our practice management sessions will offer content unique to any national ENT meeting, offering tools and resources to better understand coding, the new sinus codes, and related regulatory compliance issues to more business of medicine concepts from how to develop a business plan, evaluate opportunities for expanded service (allergy, audiology, CT scans, balance therapy, telehealth, and sleep), and issues around contracting and service.

Sunday will kick off with a featured Research Forum, highlighting the AAOA Foundation, Foundation-funded grants, and cutting edge research. Join us for breakfast and science. Our format will shift back to smaller, engaging sessions focused on real-world cases and topics you flagged as key. These sessions will be broken out into cases, conversations, and collaborations, rapid fire, and workshops to round out your AAOA learning adventure.

Don’t miss our featured event Saturday night when we will celebrate the AAOA at the Reading Terminal Market.

We encourage you to cash in on your member value. This year, your annual meeting registration is included in your member benefits. Leverage this opportunity to get an update on clinical care, tackle some practice management issues, network with your peers, and earn CME credits. We look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia. Learn More and Register

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