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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

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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EDUCATION

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

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
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

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 Chronic Sinusitis

Many patients with allergies also have sinus problems. Chronic sinusitis is an inflammatory condition of the sinuses that may cause nasal congestion, drainage, postnasal drainage, facial pain or pressure, decreased smell, and fatigue. Allergies can cause many if not all of these same symptoms.

So how do you know which it is you might have or could you suffer from both?

Your ENT Allergist can help you sort this out and formulate the right personalized treatment for you.

In allergic rhinitis (allergy), the immune system reacts to something to which is it exposed as if it were a harmful invader. It creates IgE antibodies that then cause the release of histamine which leads to the classic allergy symptoms.

In chronic sinusitis, the nose and sinuses become inflamed and sometimes infected, leading to an ongoing set of symptoms from this persistent inflammation. The tricky thing is that many of the symptoms can be present in both conditions.

There have been a lot of studies looking to see if there is a relationship between allergies and chronic sinusitis, where one might impact the other.

An evidence-based review (reference IFAR article Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2014 Feb;4(2):93-103) found that there were nearly as many articles showing an association between the two as there were that showed no link at all.

They recommended that in patients with chronic sinusitis, allergy testing and treatment is an “option.”

So what should you do?

Your ENT doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms to try to identify the cause. Certain symptoms or findings on your physical exam may give it away. Sometimes he or she will perform a nasal endoscopy (scope) to gather more information.

Allergy testing can also be helpful in identifying triggers and treatment options.

Of course, the testing results should always be correlated back to you to make sure the best treatment is used.

Fortunately, since both conditions are inflammatory, many treatment options (such as nasal saline irrigations or steroid sprays) are effective in treating both conditions.

Your ENT Allergist is in the ideal situation to help make the correct diagnosis and formulate a personalized treatment plan for your symptoms.

Some problems are best treated with medications.

Others may require surgery.

Immunotherapy may be an appropriate option as well.

Whatever the case, help is just around the corner.

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