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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

COVID-19 Vaccines – AAOA Zoomcast

A brief summary of the COVID-19 Vaccines – AAOA Zoomcast Series: Just In Time Content for AAOA Members, Part II. Written by Haidy Marzouk, MD, FAAOA.

*Information related to COVID 19 is rapidly evolving

Panelists: Michelle Liu, MD; Nalin Patel, MD; Robert Stachler, MD.

Moderator: Jennifer Villwock, MD.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is your most effective way to describe to others how the COVID19 vaccine works?
    1. The vaccine will teach the immune system to recognize the virus and neutralize it.
    1. It is not a live vaccine.
    1. We should all try to get vaccinated ASAP in an effort to develop herd immunity
    1. There are some side effects related to inflammatory response that people will get that are not severe.  These are worth it to protect ourselves and those around us.
  2. What concerns have people brought up to you regarding the vaccine?
    1. Severe allergic reaction – the current literature quotes the rate of severe reaction as 1.3/1Million
    1. Concerns regarding infertility from the vaccine – there is no literature to support this
      1. We have to counsel our patients to be cautious regarding a lot of misinformation circulating
    1. Safety – The vaccine is very safe.  There is an inflammatory response that occurs with the vaccine that is expected such as fever, fatigue, arm soreness, and body ache.  This is temporary and not dangerous
  3. How to approach hesitancy toward the vaccine?
    1. This is not related to level of education
    1. Early research shows that 14% of African Americans trust that it is safe and 34% of Latinos
      1. There are historical reasons for this
    1. Reassure people that this is NOT a live vaccine
    1. Be transparent that we looked into our own personal concerns and are willing to be vaccinated
  4. How to approach concerns regarding vaccine safety?
    1. There has been some sensationalization regarding the rate of severe allergic reactions from the vaccine.
    1. CDC reported a rate of 1.3/million doses
      1. Many related to ingredient polyethylene glycol, which is in many household products
      1. This is not a reason to not receive the vaccine
  5. What about the incidence of large local reactions that are delayed?
    1. Most of the reactions occur within 15 minutes
      1. Observation period can be considered for many
    1. Most have soreness at the site and muscle pain
    1. Few reports of nausea and lightheadedness, mild
    1. Fever/body aches for up to 3 days – more common after the second dose
    1. 0.2% rate of delayed large local reaction – not dangerous and often helped with antihistamines
  6. What about those receiving immunomodulators/immunotherapy?
    1. SCIT – can consider spacing out vaccine and allergy shot 3-5 days apart
    1. SLIT – can consider holding SLIT for that week
  7. What about patients receiving biologics?
    1. No issues or need to change biologic therapy around the time of the vaccine
    1. Those who are immune compromised are strongly recommended to receive the vaccine given it is not live and can be protective.
  8. Where to refer patients to for more information?
    1. AAOA website – patient information section for vaccine FAQs
    1. Hopkins website
    1. CDC website
    1. Be cautious regarding the source of information provided
    1. Encourage others to understand the history of distrust among certain populations (Syphilis experiments etc.)
  9. Do you intend to change PPE practices in the office once you and our staff are vaccinated?
    1. Vaccine effectiveness studies were in the context of social distancing.  We don’t know how much it will change without distancing.
    1. We know about effectiveness but not transmission yet.
    1. No panelist intends to change PPE protocol for now.
  10. Closing thoughts
    1. WEAR YOUR MASK
    1. Continue to be vigilant no matter what part of the country you practice in and what the current rates are.  This is true both inside and outside of work.
    1. Be sensitive and supportive when people are hesitant.

VIew the COVID-19 Vaccines Zoomcast.

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