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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

08/01/21: Scientific Abstract Submission Deadline
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09/06/21: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2021 Annual Meeting

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

EDUCATION

Our 2021 AAOA Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology will be launched June 1st: Over 11 hrs of pre-learning, on-demand will set you up to gain the full value of our curriculum and engage in the live-stream session.

Live Stream July 8-11 will offer unique learning formats to offer learners the core concepts of allergy diagnosis and management. Join us and test your pre-work efforts for our Immunology & Pharmacotheapy Trivia Slams; Great Debates on Environmental Controls; Allergen Testing Panel “Bake Off,” Late Night with Dr. Levy, AAOA’s Escape Room Expedition, Hands On Testing and Dose Calculation Practica, Office Tours, and more.

Structured for otolaryngologists integrating more allergy assessment and management into their practice, AAOA members providing specialized allergy care who need to remain current with literature-based evidence and practice trends, residents, PA/NPs who work in otolaryngology, and allied health staff who support their physicians in the management of allergic patients. The Basic Course offers unique opportunities to learn the state of the art in allergy patient care. 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 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
Content available until September 15 | Registration still open
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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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USP 797 Online Module
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News and Updates

A Message From AAOA Presidnet, Wesley VanderArk, MD, FAAOA

July 2021 marks an almost 18 month journey through COVID. We have witnessed and personally…

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Project N95 Continues to Negotiate Lower Costs

As the challenges of the pandemic change, Project N95 continues to evolve to meet community…

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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’s Hard to Believe That It’s Been Over 13 Months…

Dear Colleagues,

I hope all of you enjoyed our spectacular record-setting annual meeting with over 500 registered attendees this year. I wish we could have connected in person in Scottsdale; however, this year has brought unprecedented challenges to everyone due to COVID-19, changing the forum in which education & updates in the field of otolaryngic allergy are delivered to you.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 13 months since I accepted the role of AAOA President at our 2019 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.  My goal for this past year was quite simple…to make our organization better than it already was.  Little did I know that we would soon be facing one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime, COVID-19.  Well, I am proud to say that our Academy continues to successfully navigate through this pandemic, and our many achievements this year are a testament of our fortitude, passion, and dedication to our organization and its members.  

We started this year by changing our mission statement to align with our vision and goals and to capture the essence of who we are.  Many of you are familiar with our Clinical Care Statements, which we initially created in 2015 when I was serving as Socioeconomic Chair.  Earlier this year, we reviewed and updated these evidence-based summaries, along with recommended therapies and practices from current medical literature.  About the same time, we launched our Practice Resource Tool Kit, which has our SLIT cost calculator, coding guidance, and even a tip sheet for evaluating payor contracts and policies.  This year also brought the AAOA’s new podcast series and leadership blogs, which I hope you appreciated.  Most of us probably still need to meet the annual requirement of Part 2 of the ABOHNS Continuing Certification Process, which is lifelong learning and self-assessment.  I am happy to report that now all of our CME products, including the 2020 Annual Meeting, will satisfy this requirement.  This has added tremendous value for our members.  

Once the pandemic was in full swing this past spring, our Academy responded with our first zoom cast series, Just in Time.  We also released a summary statement on resuming SCIT during the COVID-19 pandemic and partnered with the ARS for a joint webcast or webinar on office-based procedures.  I believe these resources helped you during this difficult time period.  Although COVID forced us to cancel our live courses and meeting this year, it also accelerated the development of our digital education products, including the AAOA’s 1st Virtual course, Core Allergy and Rhinology Concepts: Age of Pandemics and Beyond.  With this course, we had our first virtual exhibit hall with our industry partners. Recently, we also released an adaptive-learning module on the hot topic of biologics.  

As you can tell, we’ve been quite productive this year in meeting the educational and other needs of our members.  None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the efforts and ideas of our staff and all of our AAOA leaders, including our Board of Directors and chairs, leads, and members of our various committees and workgroups.  I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented group of individuals, who are truly committed to the welfare of our organization.  I want to recognize the following members of the Board of Directors who will be rotating off the board: Chris Vickery, Mona Patadia, Stella Lee, Kristin Seiberling, and Christine Franzese.  Thank you for all you have done.  

On behalf of the entire AAOA, I also want to express gratitude to our nearly 3000 members for your support and engagement during this past year.  We always appreciate your input and feedback so we can continue to meet your needs. As we continue our march forward, I believe our future is bright.  We are committed to working on behalf of our members to build a better AAOA even during these challenging times. Some of our strategic initiatives for the next several years include microlearning opportunities, hybrid meetings, enhancing our current library of digital CME products and meetings, and expanding our corporate partnership and engagement during this new normal. I am confident our organization will continue to reach new heights in 2021. 

Lastly, it has been an honor and a real privilege to have served as your President during this unforgettable year. I wish you the best during the upcoming holiday season.

Sincerely,

Alpen Patel, MD, FAAOA

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