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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."


Medicare 2022 Conversion Factor Update

Thanks to lobbying efforts from the House of Medicine, Congress took action this month. The…

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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 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

07/28/22: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2022 Annual Meeting

12/01/22: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/23: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/23: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/23: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2023 Basic Course

07/01/23: Scientific Abstract Submission Deadline
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Join us at the 2022 AAOA Hybrid Annual Meeting! We are excited to bring back our ever-popular Content Meets Culture Tours, Research Forum, Wait, Wait Do Tell Me, Shark Tank, and more. New this year! Amazing Case Race scavenger hunt, Pardon the Interruption debates on biologics, SLIT/SCIT, Sinus Surgery, and more, Biologics Dating Game, and Post-COVID Pearls and Tips on the business side of comprehensive ENT, including discussion around the impact of independent scope of practice, site of service options for procedures, building staff culture to retain staff, and more "ah-ha's" to take home. Register Now


For information about Resident opportunities, DosedDaily, research grants, and other resources. Learn More


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IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454

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

2022 AAOA Basic Course - Hybrid!
The Diplomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, FL
On-demand Access Until September 2, 2022
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On-Demand and Live Stream Access

2022 AAOA Annual Meeting
Loews Philadelphia, PA
September 9-11, 2022- F2F - Live Stream
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2023 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
March 30 - April 1, 2023
The Hythe Vail
Formerly the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort

USP 797 Online Module
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News and Updates

Helping Private Practices Navigate Non-Essential Care During COVID-19

The American Medical Association has released updated guidance for private practice physicians navigating the provision…

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Office Hours With AAOA President

As you know, AAOA is about its members and our community. In an effort to…

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

July 2021 marks an almost 18 month journey through COVID. We have witnessed and personally experienced the loss of human lives due to the coronavirus. We have experienced significant shifts in workload and scope of practice and have felt the financial hardship that this pandemic has brought to our specialty. We have all experienced the void of social interaction, and the economic downturn in our communities, and witnessed that in America, and around the globe. In America, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel with reduced cases, vaccinations, and relaxation or lifting of restrictions. However, many countries are not nearly as fortunate.

So we continue to live in a transition from ‘pandemic mode’ back to ‘life as it was’ prior to 2020. Or will it ever be a ‘back-to-normal society’ as we once knew it? Regardless of where we land, the transition remains long and still filled with challenges. Otolaryngology as a specialty was one of the most affected with losses in 2020 just under 30% based on an AMA review of all specialties. Federal aid helped in 2020 to keep practices open, but we are not out of the woods yet. We still face the persistent reduction of patient office visits, a reduced surgery schedule, and hiring and maintaining qualified staff to name a few. Even as my practice opens up, office visits have increased, but surgical volume is still reduced, and allergy patient volume has not recovered.

We recognize the issues that our members still face as it relates to education, advocacy, and now the additional rebuilding of our practices and financial burden caused by COVID.

Our mission remains to support our membership, offering educational opportunities and tools now in new and helpful formats with online access reducing financial burden and time commitment for members.

Our educational leadership continues to deliver cutting edge content in a unique way. We have shifted all 2021 meetings to innovative, virtual meeting formats through the annual meeting this year. We continue to offer educational opportunities in the areas of biologics, SCIT and SLIT, the interplay of allergy to other inflammatory disease, and vital practice management to help rebuild. We released off-cycle educational content with two courses useful for obtaining CME and for training office staff. We just aired our new and creative “Virtual Basic Course” earlier in July. We continue to engage with medical industry to create an opportunity for our members to interface with these companies but in a virtual format instead of a live exhibit hall.

We have launched a “Just in Time’ zoomcast series on current topics with panel discussions throughout this past year and moving forward. We still offer a number of other member benefits through our website, including the Practice Resource Toolkit, Clinical Care Statements, Clinical Insights modules, and a USP 797 Compliance Module. Our CME can be applied toward Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (PART II) requirements for ABO-HNS. We pursue advocacy efforts both at the AMA and through our socioeconomic committee intervening with payor issues, and interfacing with other sister organizations to strengthen our cause.

I want to acknowledge the stress and fatigue experienced by our members from a demanding work schedule in addition to what seems like endless zoom meetings. We have not mitigated that issue with a more robust digital presence this year despite the convenience and financial benefits that offered. However, it has been the best way for us to continue serving our members through this pandemic and likely will continue in some format as we ‘return to normal’. For those desiring face-to-face connection, I do invite you to attend a live Advanced Course planned for Jan 2022 in Sante Fe, New Mexico as a chance to connect with friends and a time to get away while still fostering professional development.

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