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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

HHS Attestation Update

As AMA reported in the AMA Advocacy Update of May 22, HHS announced that providers need to…

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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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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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Scribes: Key Practice Resource

by Kristin Seiberling, MD, AAOA Board of Directors

Electronic health record (EHR) has become an integral component of health care and is the crusade of the future. It has many positive attributes that promote a better health care system, but in itself it is seemingly cumbersome and redundant. Without supportive measures, we as physicians will be left with a significant increase in documentation time and frustration. Fortunately, or unfortunately, EHR is here to stay, and we as physicians need to embrace it and learn to navigate it in the most efficient manner. Scribes are a mechanism to help physicians navigate thru the EHR in the most time efficient manner.

In my experience, scribes have not only allowed for a significant reduction in my documentation time but have also allowed for an increase in productivity and more importantly more face-to-face time with the patient and job enjoyment. With a scribe, I can dedicate the whole visit to uninterrupted face-to-face interaction with the patient while the scribe dutifully types in the patient history.   During the patient encounter the scribe may also on demand search the chart for results, record visit diagnosis, pend requested orders and enter subsequent referrals.

By allowing myself to solely focus on the patient and not the charting during the actual visit work to me becomes more enjoyable and less hectic. Scribes allow me to become more time efficient and therefore more productive which is seen in my increase in patient volume for the same number of hours worked in the past. No longer am I staying late into the night finishing up charting.

That being said the physician is ultimately liable for what is put in the EHR so it is important to read and edit each individual chart. Scribes are not physicians and their documentation often needs to be rewritten in explicit words that can really only be determined by treating physician. However, with seasoned scribes the degree of editing lessens with time and a factor of trust ensues.

Turnover of scribes is therefore an inauspicious issue. Many scribes are aspiring medical professionals and using the year to enhance their knowledge and CV before applying for nursing school, medical school, etc. Nevertheless, I would rather retrain a scribe every year than give up the amenity that scribes bring to my practice.

 

 

Editor’s Note: Please keep in mind rules vary by jurisdiction. We recommend confirming what scribe certification allows in your practice area to help assure they can perform all the tasks, like pending orders, you will assign.