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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.

"Dedicated to enhancing knowledge and skill in the care of the allergic patient."

ADVOCACY UPDATES

Health Policy Updates tied to COVID-19

HILL UPDATES Senate Republicans released an updated version of the CARES Act on Sunday, March…

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USP Compounding Standards Update

A letter from the USP Healthcare Quality & Safety from March 12th, 2020 Dear Colleague,…

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USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations

Latest Updates  on USP <797> On September 23, 2019, the United States Pharmacopeia has announced that,…

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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

Here is What You Missed...

2019 New Orleans was an outstanding success?  With over 500 participants, our AAOA members left New Orleans re-energized, re-freshed, and re-engaged.  The program offered something for everyone — from cutting edge clinical content to every day how to’s for practice management efficiencies. Read More

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IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454

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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

2020 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 9-11 | Orlando, FL
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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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NEW!!! USP 797 Online Module
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News and Updates

A Message from the AAOA President, Alpen Patel MD, FAAOA

Dear AAOA Members, We are definitely dealing with unprecedented circumstances on so many levels.  As…

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AAOA COVID-19 Member Alert

First and foremost, we hope you are all safe and healthy. These are not easy…

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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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Why?

by Jami Lucas, AAOA CEO/Executive Director

Leap to Moon AAOA CEO Update

We recently had the opportunity to write the Wikipedia page for AAOA.  It makes you stop and ponder.  Who is the AAOA?  Who do we represent?  What is our “Why” as an organization.

Your leadership pondered these same questions recently at our strategic retreat.

While I am been fortunate to serve the AAOA for over 20 years, my start with otolaryngology goes back to 1985 when I joined the AAOHNS staff as a public relations assistant.   That role gave me great insight into otolaryngology.  It truly is a unique surgical specialty.  With the blend of medical and surgical disease management and the breadth of the specialty, otolaryngologists have more opportunity to develop a rapport with their patients and sometimes the patients’ families as referrals.

AAOA and its members are unique as well.  Many of the “subspecialty” societies have a refined focus on one component of otolaryngology and membership is predominantly academic.  Allergy diagnosis and management and the related inflammatory disease is a core component of otolaryngology.  Most of AAOA’s members are private practice, general otolaryngologists.  They tend to see it all or share it all with their partners.

So what is it that brings folks to the AAOA?  Why do they join? Why do they stay? 

If you looked at our “what,” you would consider the well-reputed educational programming and member advocacy.

But what if you looked at the “why”?   The community sense within the AAOA is that our members believe allergy is a vital component of otolaryngology.   As Dr. Platt notes in his leadership blog, “the ability to understand all facets of allergic disease has allowed me to better care for my patients in a comprehensive rhinology practice.”   I do not think Dr. Platt’s view is unique.  I think it is what many of the AAOA members have come to understand.  To be a compleat otolaryngologist — having all necessary or desired elements or skills — one needs to incorporate the diagnosis and management of allergy and related inflammatory disease.  Perhaps this is the siren song, so to speak, that draws  each of you to not only join, but to be an engaged part of the AAOA community.

As we look toward AAOA’s future, we are building on this “why” to better support our community.