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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

Act Now to Avoid MACRA Penalties

Before the close of 2017, all physicians must take action to avoid the 4 percent…

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CMS Releases Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule outlining the requirements…

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AAOA Member Advocacy Update: Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed 2018 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS).…

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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

06/26/22: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2022 Basic Course

07/01/22: Scientific Abstract Submission Deadline
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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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EDUCATION

Register today for the hybrid 2022 AAOA Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology. The Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology presents basic concepts and techniques applicable to the clinical care of allergic patients. Learn More

RESIDENTS

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

IFAR

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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
June 1, 2022 - Pre-Work On-Demand
June 30-July 2, 2022 - F2F - Live Stream
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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

Today In ENT Allergy: AAOA’s Podcast. Episode 3 –Allergy in Your ENT Practice

In the third episode of the AAOA’s NEW podcast series Today in ENT Allergy: AAOA’s…

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Allergic Reactions Related to Covid-19 Vaccinations in Allergic Patients

Joint Statement by the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO–HNS) and the American…

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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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Allergy and Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition of the lungs. It causes the airways to become swollen and narrow, especially when something, like allergens or cigarette smoke, triggers the muscles to tighten.

This can lead to symptoms of asthma such as wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, and shortness of breath.

Most people with asthma have allergies, and many people with allergies develop asthma. Asthma, like allergies, is becoming more and more common worldwide, especially in industrialized nations.

Common allergens that can trigger asthma include dust mites, animal danders, cockroach, and molds. Pollens and molds can lead to seasonal asthma. Exercise is another common trigger, as are infections like RSV. Tobacco smoke, air pollution, and occupation chemicals can also set off the symptoms.

Sometimes asthma is just a mild nuisance, causing an annoying cough or uncomfortable feeling in the chest. At other times, it may severely limit your physical activity and quality of life, interfering with your desire to have an active lifestyle and maintain physical fitness. If untreated, long-standing asthma can even lead to permanent lung damage.

Most patients with asthma have never been diagnosed but just live with the symptoms, thinking they are normal or too mild to be treated.

Your ENT Allergist can discuss your symptoms with you to determine if treatment would be helpful. Your doctor may perform a breathing test to measure your lung function (pulmonary function test or PFT).

Depending on the severity of symptoms and test results, you may be given different treatment options, including inhalers, pills, or an allergy evaluation.

Since allergies are a leading trigger of asthma, you may want to do allergy testing to identify triggers that may be avoided. Immunotherapy has been proven to reduce asthma and allergy symptoms and provide better control of asthma and improved quality of life.

The goal of treatment is to allow you to participate in the activities you love without being restricted by your breathing.

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