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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

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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What you need to comply with the pending USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding — Sterile Preparations

3 key compliance criteria While the implementation date of the new USP General Chapter <797>…

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2019 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy & immunology Optional USP 797 Compliance Workshop

Cost: $125 for AAOA members and $300 for non-members* in addition to AAOA Advanced Course registration…

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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

12/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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02/15/20: Crowdsourcing for 2020 Scottsdale
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02/15/20: Call for Proposals
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04/01/20: 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

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

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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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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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

Off to College: Tips for Managing Allergies

Heading to college is an exciting time. What are the best ways for students to avoid exacerbation of their symptoms as they enter the hallowed halls of higher learning?

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College Allergy Symptoms Treatment Back to Shcool

News and Updates

First Drug for Treatment of Peanut Allergy for Children is Approved by FDA

“Peanut allergy affects approximately 1 million children in the U.S. and only 1 out of…

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Revised CPT Code for 2020

The following revisions and additions to Current Procedural Terminology (CPT ® American Medical Association) codes related…

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The MIPS Update from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The MIPS 2019 Data Submission Period is Now Open MIPS Eligible Clinicians Can Start Submitting…

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AAOA Leadership

It Started with the 1998 AAOA Basic Course…

by Christopher Vickery, MD, FAAOA

In the late 90s, I was a fairly typical recent graduate from residency, headstrong in my sophomoric certainty that my “advanced” surgical skills would make for great outcomes for my patients and most certainly secure my fame and fortune. It did not take long for me to realize that despite adequate aeration of the paranasal sinuses, all complaints and pathology did not resolve.  

My prior allergy experience consisted of a month (an entire 20 workdays) I had spent on an allergy rotation as a third year resident, mostly thankful for some free time to study for the inservice. But I was a stranger in a strange land; that world seemed far less fast paced and more nuanced than my familiar turf of Otolaryngology, but other than learning to refer a patient for allergy evaluation, I failed to see direct application.  Had I missed something?

During my first year of private practice, one of my senior partners strongly suggested/required that I attend the Basic course for the AAOA in 1998.  So off I went.  

The setting and course were nice enough, but it was definitely an alien world.  The immunology sounded familiar enough from medical school, but a Cyclical Food Allergy lecture left me completely bewildered.  Nevertheless, I came away with a budding notion; maybe I need to be more cognisant of allergy’s role contributing to the pathology that was walking into my clinic.  

I began to look for allergy patients and began testing and treating what I found.  To my surprise, patients got better. They returned for their recheck after immunotherapy for 6 months and symptoms were legitimately improved, sometimes much more than my postoperative patients.  With this reinforcement of outcomes, I continued to cultivate the allergy component of my practice.

Fast forward ten years. My allergy practice had grown considerably.  I was still busy surgically, but the sinus patients were definitely experiencing better outcomes with more aggressive allergy treatments.  My pediatric patients were doing better with more attention to the allergy side of their pathology. Even my LPR patients who also had allergies were less dependent on PPI therapy if their allergies were managed.  

Despite this growing allergy practice, I had failed to make it to any more of the AAOA meetings.  With a twinge of guilt about this volume of allergy, I decided it was time to further my education and pursue the AAOA fellowship pathway. I signed up to repeat the Basic course and steeled my resolve to follow through with the requirements.  There were charismatic and entertaining lecturers at the podium presenting material that went beyond what I had learned previously in a fresh and engaging format. I was hooked.  

I navigated the course requirements and successfully sat for the written and oral boards, which all proved considerably less painful than I had envisioned.  Meanwhile my allergy practice continued to grow and my general and pediatric Otolaryngology patients had better outcomes and received better diagnosis and education because of my new training.  Furthermore, through these courses, I had developed a network of colleagues who would return my calls and field questions when I was stumped.  

Over the years, I have continued in my involvement with the AAOA; the benefits are myriad.  Attending courses helps to maintain currency as well as fulfilling those pesky CME requirements.  It also provides intellectual and personal stimulation through the network of colleagues whom I now look forward to seeing at meetings.  In a broader sense, there is a huge personal and professional satisfaction in learning what some of the brightest minds in our field are doing and thinking.  Finally, but hardly least, there are incalculable advocacy benefits. Never would busy practitioners have the time, resources, or skills to navigate regulatory quagmires like USP 797.