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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 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

On August 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician…

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Congress and Administration Take Aggressive Action to Address COVID-19 Pandemic but Providers Continue to Struggle

Congress has passed four pieces of legislation and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

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USP General Chapter <797> News. Media Fill Test Kit

Implementation of the new USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding — Sterile Preparations is still…

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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

07/15/20: Call for Scientific Papers
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09/11/20: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2020 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2020 Annual Meeting Learn more

12/01/20: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/21: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/21: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/21: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2021 Basic Course

EDUCATION

Allergy & ENT: Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!, presented at the AAO-HNSF 2020 by Keith Andrew Sale, MD, Alpen A. Patel, MD, Glen Porter, MD, and Wesley D. Vander Ark, MD can be viewed here. It will be avialable through Friday, October 30, 2020.

Register Today for the 2020 AAOA Annual Meeting to earn up to 18.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM for the live activity plus 8.75  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM for the on demand content.

PLEASE ALLOW 24-48 HOURS FOR YOUR REGISTRATION TO BE PROCESSED FOR YOU TO RECEIVE THE LOGIN/ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS.

For those member and nonmembers who register for the AAOA 2020 Annual Meeting Oct 24-29 (live stream) before October 15th, you will be offered complimentary registration to participate in the AAO-HNSF “Comprehensive Otolaryngology Week” component of the AAO-HNSF 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. Access to the Comprehensive week – Each registrant will receive a welcome email with login instructions once the AAOA Annual Meeting Registration list is imported. The deadline to register to get the access is October 15th.

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Changes in Managing Practices

Mission

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

2020 AAOA Annual Meeting
October 24-29, 2020
Virtual || Free For Members
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AAOA Clinical Insights
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USP 797 Online Module
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2021 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 15-17 | Seattle, WA

News and Updates

President’s 2020 Update

Alpen Patel, MD, FAAOA on changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and AAOA member resources…

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Today in ENT Allergy: AAOA’s Podcast. Episode 2 – A Brief Overview of the Otolarygnic Allergy

In the second episode of the AAOA's NEW podcast series Today in ENT Allergy: AAOA's…

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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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CARES Act and Public Health Emergency Funds Allocation

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced how it plans to allocate the Public Health Emergency Fund authorized by the CARES Act to deliver financial relief to providers. Congress appropriated $100 billion for this fund, and until this week, had only announced how $30 billion would be spent.  More information can be found here.

Congress just appropriated another $75 billion to this fund on April 23 and we will continue to monitor how these funds will be dispersed.

  • General Allocation of $50 billion:
    • The second tranche of these funds, $20 billion, will be distributed based on 2018 net patient revenue, not just Medicare fee-for-service reimbursements. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will distribute these funds based on cost reports, which are filed by hospitals and some other facilities. Providers without cost reports on file should attest to their net 2018 revenue through an online portal which is not yet active.  Please check this website for the portal once it goes live.  Disbursements of these funds will begin on April 24 and be made on a weekly, rolling basis, as information is validated.
  • The first tranche of these funds, $30 billion, has already been allocated to clinicians and facilities based on their Medicare Part A and B fee-for-service reimbursements in 2019.  Providers were not required to take any action to receive a portion of this funding.
  • Allocation of $10 billion for Rural Providers: Rural health clinics and hospitals will receive a payment from this allocation proportional to their operating expenses. These payments will begin next week and HHS has not provided any additional information about actions these institutions must take to receive these funds.
  • Other Allocations:
  • $10 billion for High Impact Areas – Hospitals in areas that have been particularly impacted by COVID-19 can apply for a portion of this allocation here by Saturday, April 25 at 3 pm.
    • $400 million for Indian Health Service facilities
    • An unspecified amount for the treatment of the uninsured with COVID-19 – These funds may be claimed beginning April 27 at here and the reimbursement for the uninsured will be based on Medicare payment rates.
    • An unspecified amount for providers including skilled nursing facilities, dentists, and providers who solely take Medicaid.