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Celebrating Over 75 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."

ADVOCACY UPDATES

CARES Act and Public Health Emergency Funds Allocation

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced how it plans to allocate the…

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CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Additional Information

AMA Updates on CARES Act Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provided…

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Interim Package and Resuming Non-COVID Care

Sharing the latest on the interim package and the news from CMS about resuming non-COVID…

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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

04/15/20: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/20: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/20: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2020 Basic Course Learn more

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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EDUCATION

New Virtual Course!

Register now as we build out Part 2 Core Allergy & Part 3 Core Rhinology.   Both promise to deliver clinical content you need.  Core Allergy will offer what you need to help refresh or add allergy to your practice — everything from the clinical science to the basics of allergy from a better understanding of testing techniques, vial prep, and dose calculations to other practical implications.  Core Rhinology encompassed the highly sought after rhinology content from our former IAR program.  Part 1 will launch soon with on demand content to help you balance all your time demands.  Part 2 & 3 will feature live-stream content to give you opportunities to interact with the faculty.  Post live session, this content will also be available on demand. Stay tuned for more details as we finish our program build. Read More

IFAR

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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

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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

NEW VIRTUAL COURSE! Core Allergy and Rhinology Concepts: Age of Pandemics and Beyond
Learn How to Reboot Your Practice and Freshen Up on Core Allergy and Rhinology Components
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2020 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 9-11 | Orlando, FL
COVID-19 has made it impossible to convene our 2020 Basic Course. We hope you will consider another AAOA CME opportunity

2020 AAOA Annual Meeting
October 23-25| Scottsdale, AZ
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2020 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 9-12 | Vail, CO
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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

Resuming SCIT During COVID-19 Pandemic

This summary is intended to provide practicing Otolaryngologists a guide to resuming safe allergy care…

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Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

by Dole Baker, MD, FAAOA, AAOA Socioeconomic Committee Member  Small Business Paycheck Protection Program is…

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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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PATIENT CORNER

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Practice Management

Strategies & Tactics to Improve Efficiencies for Better Patient Care

In response to member feedback, we have expanded on continuing education content to include a full day of content on the business of medicine. When asked what keeps you up at night, you responded vehemently on issues tied to practice management, improving office efficiencies, staffing, and best models for utilization of staff resources, contracting, coding, billing, and practice transitions. In an effort to help you sleep better at night, we have developed a full day program focused on these practice management issues to help you navigate the healthcare arena both now and as it goes through its own metamorphosis.

According to Doug Dawson, MD, AAOA Socioeconomic Chair, “What a great day of content! A huge amount of important information from multiple angles to help improve your fund of knowledge in the business of medicine in one day. Sure to be time well spent while out of your office to hear excellent speakers with practical information”.

We will kick off our Saturday program with Strategic and Tactical Practice Management: Ten Things Every Medical Practice Should Be Doing in the New Healthcare Environment presented by Ron Howrigon of Fulcrum Strategies. Through his experience, Ron recognizes many physician practices are not operating their business as successfully as they could be if they had certain business tools at their disposal, especially in light of recent changes with healthcare reform and the macro issues facing medicine. Most groups are wonderful at customer service, fantastic in clinical care, but are they running a successful business? This program will cover complex business principles and apply them in a physician-friendly format to help assure everyone walks away with some take home ah-has.

Ron Howrigon is President of Fulcrum Strategies and a frequent presenter for the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators. Ron’s career started on the payer side with 18 years in the Managed Care industry as a Negotiator and Network Manager. He has held Senior Management level positions with three of the largest Managed Care companies in the nation, including Kaiser Permanente, Cigna Healthcare and BlueCross BlueShield. His experience with these organizations covered the North East, Mid-Atlantic, and Western areas of the country. During his time on the payer side, Ron became disillusioned with what he saw happening to the independent practice of medicine. In 2004, he realized he was working for the wrong team, and decided to leave the Managed Care industry. He founded his own consulting firm, Fulcrum Strategies, to help doctors and hospitals succeed in negotiations with Managed Care companies. Since 2004, under the leadership of Ron, Fulcrum Strategies has helped over 200 medical practices in 29 states, having produced over $100 million dollars of revenue increases for clients. This experience should play well to help highlight key things we should all incorporate into our day-to-day practice.

From here, our day breaks down into intimate, concurrent sessions geared to allow real back-forth dialogue with attendees to help address current practice challenges. Several of these sessions will be repeated to help assure you, your partners, your administrator, and even your staff have choices to help build an educational program that delivers on your practice needs. Our breakouts feature well-known experts. In addition to expanding on Ron’s portfolio with sessions on Managed Care Contract Negotiation and Patient-Centered Health Care and Physician Performance Indicators, we have Teresa Thompson, BS, CPC, CMSCS, CCC offering coding and documentation workshops to help assure you and your staff are using the latest coding protocols to help assure compliance and reimbursement;Cheyenne Brinson and Kim Pollock from Karen Zupko Associates (KZA) will cover a plethora of topics from relationship marketing and practice transitions to optimizing revenue and managing and developing your most valuable resource — staff; Ken Hertz a nationally recognized medical practice management consultant with over 43 years experience in consulting and managing medical practices with expertise in revenue cycle management, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, organizational behavior and information systems implementation will offer a keynote on Surviving & Thriving in Challenging Times, as well as breakouts on analyzing your practice culture to improve structure and performance and analyzing and improving Your workflow for process efficiencies that lead to improved patient care. The renowned experts will be complemented by panel presentations by Association of Otolaryngology Administrators leadership, Society of PAs in Otolaryngology leadership, and a panel featuring AAOA leadership along side of the KZA team, AOA, and SPAO.

Having attended similar programs, Cecelia Damask, DO, Director of Educational Programs says, “I am very proud of the program we have been able to put together. We have recruited some outstanding speakers who can help deliver content each of us can use in our practices. We look forward to seeing the interaction with members and key walk-aways to continue to build on this type of practice support and education.”