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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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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 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

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

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MACRA Reporting Timeline

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MACRA Reporting Timeline

January 2017

  • Beginning of the first MACRA performance year. Providers must either participate in the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM). Payment adjustments and bonuses assessed in 2019 will be based on this performance year.
  • As of January 1, providers can begin collecting performance data.

March 31, June 30 & August 31 2017

  1. “Snapshot” dates when CMS will evaluate Part B claims to determine if entities qualify as an advanced APM for the year.

September 1 – November 1 2017

  1. Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) self-nomination period for the 2018 performance period. The QCDR must have at least 25 participants by January 1 of the performance year to qualify

October 2, 2017

  • Providers who wish to report more than the single piece of quality data to avoid the penalty must begin collecting data if they wish to qualify for a bonus in 2019.

January 2018

  • Providers will begin collecting performance data for 2018. Payment adjustments and bonuses in 2021 will be based on this performance year.
  • The reporting requirements will be determined during a rulemaking cycle in 2017 and may differ from the 2017 reporting requirements.

March 31, 2018

  • Participating providers must submit all data for the 2017 performance period, regardless of when they began collecting data. Under the “Pick Your Pace” option providers can report in one of the following ways:
  • Minimum Data Submission: Submit at least one piece of quality data and avoid a negative payment adjustment.
  • Partial Year Data Submission: Submit 90 days worth of 2017 data and potentially earn a small bonus or be held harmless.
  • Full Year Data Submission: Submit a full year of 2017 data and potentially earn a bonus or be held harmless.
  • Submit No Data: Receive a 4 percent negative payment adjustment in 2019.

July 18, 2018

  • CMS will provide performance feedback on the Quality and Resource Use categories based on 2017 quality data.

December 31, 2018

  • Meaningful Use (MU), Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and Value-based Modifier (VM) payment adjustment sunset for Medicare providers.

2019

  • Bonuses and negative payment adjustments based on 2017 reporting are assessed for those in MIPS.
  • Penalties will be -4% and bonuses will range from 4-12%
  • Entities who qualified as advanced APMs will receive a 5 percent bonus.

2020

  • Bonuses and negative payment adjustments based on 2018 reporting are assessed for those in MIPS.
  • Penalties will be -5% and bonuses will range from 5-15%
  • Entities who qualified as advanced APMs will receive a 5 percent bonus.

2021

  • Bonuses and negative payment adjustments based on 2018 reporting are assessed for those in MIPS.
  • Penalties will be -7% and bonuses will range from 7-21%
  • Entities who qualified as advanced APMs will receive a 5 percent bonus.

2022

  • Bonuses and negative payment adjustments based on 2018 reporting are assessed for those in MIPS.
  • Penalties will be -9% and bonuses will range from 9-27%
  • Entities who qualified as advanced APMs will receive a 5 percent bonus.

Access a PDF Version of the AAOA MACRA Reporting Timeline

AAOA Today

AAOA Today

The AAOA Today is produced quarterly by AAOA and its members. The quarterly issues offer you news and updates.

President Mims Message

April 2017

Working together with AAOA staff, volunteer leadership and members will enable us to have a positive impact on our members’ practices. Read More

Become a Member-Join Now

As a member, you will be eligible for registration fee discounts on all AAOA CME functions and all of our patient education and practice management resources. These savings alone can offset most or all of your dues. Join Today!

Posts from AAOA Leaders

Allergies, not just for summer anymore.
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How to treat allergies at home.
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