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Celebrating Over 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."


United Healthcare Home Immunotherapy Policy Change

United Healthcare has recently announced a policy change. Effective January 1, 2023, UHC will no longer…

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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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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

12/01/23: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/24: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/24: Research Grant Cycle
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06/25/24: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2024 Basic Course

07/01/24: Scientific Abstract Submission Deadline
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2023 AAOA Annual Meeting

Register Now to access over 19 hrs of CME | Continuing Certification through our 2023 Hybrid Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place in Nashville and virtually from September 29 - October 1, 2023. On-Demand post course access will be open until November 14, 2023. Learn More


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

2023 AAOA Annual Meeting - Hybrid
September 29 – October 1, 2023
Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown
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2024 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology - Hybrid
February 8 - 10, 2024
Hyatt Regency Tamaya
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
(outside Albuquerque)
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2024 AAOA Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology - Hybrid
July 25-27, 2024
The Diplomat, Hollywood, Florida
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2024 AAOA Annual Meeting - Hybrid
November 8-10, 2024
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

USP 797 Online Module
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AAOA Educational Stacks
Next Availability - November 1, 2023

News and Updates

National Study to Document Changes in Physician Practice Expense

The American Medical Association (AMA) is undertaking a new national study, supported by 173 healthcare organizations,…

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American Elm Shortage

American Elm is dying from Dutch Elm Disease. This may explain the concentrate shortage many practices…

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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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AAOA Leadership

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

Now at the end of 2020, we embark on another year with the AAOA, but with significant and obvious changes. As an organization, we strive to continue to serve the membership with both education and tools necessary to treat allergic and inflammatory disease. The difference now is that suddenly we are no longer face to face. Instead, we find ourselves spending many hours on zoom attending courses and connecting virtually. Instead of having the opportunity to enjoy Scottsdale, AZ for our annual meeting, we all had the privilege of attending our annual meeting from the “world-class” destination of our own private family room, or whatever zoom background you chose to use. Certainly, a completely foreign experience from what any would have expected. The same was true for our Basic course this past summer.

The pivotal shift required for our organization to retool these meetings to a virtual format was only able to be done by the quick response and tireless efforts of all our physician volunteers and staff involved in the leadership of this organization. Even with the seemingly insurmountable challenges,
members still had the opportunity to learn cutting edge information on biologics, SCIT and SLIT, the interplay of allergy to other inflammatory disease, and vital practice management information. The AAOA was able to create an extremely successful product for both courses. The annual meeting is still available on-demand into January 2021, and I would highly encourage you to watch it. Live meetings have always been life giving events for this organization allowing for both member professional development, networking, and connecting with friends and colleagues. We still hope to have the opportunity even this year despite continued uncertainty. We anticipate our Basic Course in July in Seattle, WA, and Annual Meeting in Boston, MA in November. Even if COVID prevents us from having any live content, we have learned we can create an excellent learning experience for our members, and are dedicated to that process whatever form it takes.

The AAOA has a number of other member benefits offered to our members in addition to our courses put in place over the last few years and available through our website. These offerings include the Practice Resource Toolkit, Clinical Care Statements, Clinical Insights modules, a USP 797 compliance module in preparation for the new USP guidelines when they come into effect. Other member value includes CME accreditation counting toward Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment (PART II) requirements for ABO-HNS. We continue to 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.

We continue to expand our website CME offerings as well. Even when COVID is behind us, we anticipate continued virtual meeting support for members unable to attend or prefer staying home. The basic direction of our organization has not changed despite the obvious change in format and delivery. We as a board are committed to create the best tools we can to enable professional development of you, the member, so you may more effectively treat your patients.

I am truly grateful to be part of this organization and honored to have the opportunity to be president. The board and associated leadership are made up of dedicated and accomplished physician volunteers and staff all excited and willing to further our mission. My hope is to lead this team in a cohesive effort to make our organization better. I urge you to stay connected during this crazy time and even contribute to the process as we move into 2021.

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