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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

Changes To E/M Codes Beginning On January 1st

Effective January 1, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) finalized significant changes to…

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Additional COVID-19 Relief Up in the Air

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appeared to be moving closer…

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CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

On August 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician…

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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

02/01/20: 2021 Annual Meeting Crowdsourcing
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01/15/2021: Call for Proposals
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04/01/21: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/21: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/21: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2021 Basic Course

07/15/21: Call for Scientific Papers

09/01/21: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2021 Annual Meeting

12/01/21: Research Grant Cycle
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EDUCATION

Allergy & ENT: Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!, presented at the AAO-HNSF 2020 by Keith Andrew Sale, MD, Alpen A. Patel, MD, Glen Porter, MD, and Wesley D. Vander Ark, MD can be viewed here. It will be avialable through Friday, October 30, 2020.

Register Today for the 2020 AAOA Annual Meeting to earn up to 18.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM for the live activity plus 8.75  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM for the on demand content.

PLEASE ALLOW 24-48 HOURS FOR YOUR REGISTRATION TO BE PROCESSED FOR YOU TO RECEIVE THE LOGIN/ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS.

For those member and nonmembers who register for the AAOA 2020 Annual Meeting Oct 24-29 (live stream) before October 15th, you will be offered complimentary registration to participate in the AAO-HNSF “Comprehensive Otolaryngology Week” component of the AAO-HNSF 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. Access to the Comprehensive week – Each registrant will receive a welcome email with login instructions once the AAOA Annual Meeting Registration list is imported. The deadline to register to get the access is October 15th.

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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 Year, Same Pandemic
January 25-March 25 | On-Demand
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Just the Basics
January 25-March 25 | On-Demand
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USP 797 Online Module
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2021 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 15-17 | Seattle, WA

2021 AAOA Annual Meeting

News and Updates

Today In ENT Allergy: AAOA’s Podcast. Episode 3 –Allergy in Your ENT Practice

In the third episode of the AAOA’s NEW podcast series Today in ENT Allergy: AAOA’s…

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Allergic Reactions Related to Covid-19 Vaccinations in Allergic Patients

Joint Statement by the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (AAO–HNS) and the American…

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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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Managing Allergies

Allergic Rhinitis and Nasal Sprays

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As indicated in our mission statement, the AAOA is concerned with advancing the treatment of patients with allergic disease.  When the FDA was considering making Nasacort available over-the-counter, the AAOA surveyed our membership about the topic. The biggest concerns expressed were ensuring patients were getting an accurate diagnosis of their nasal problems, were given good information about available treatment options, and that they were being monitored long-term for potential side effects of medications, such as nasal steroid sprays.

Nasal steroid sprays are a great treatment option for patients with allergic rhinitis. They are generally considered the most effective class of medications available for treating the four major symptoms of allergic rhinitis, particularly nasal obstruction, runny nose, nasal itching, and sneezing. Now that the FDA has approved the over-the-counter availability of Nasacort, we hope that this will make the nasal steroid treatment option more available and affordable for patients with allergic rhinitis. This is what happened after non-sedating antihistamines became available over-the-counter. The AAOA still stresses the importance of patients receiving a good assessment of their nasal problems to make sure the appropriate treatment options are recommended. If nasal steroid sprays appear to be a good option, for some patients it will be more affordable to buy these over-the-counter.  As of now, patients with prescription drug coverage often still get a better price on generic nasal steroid sprays by prescription, compared to purchasing them over-the-counter.  We still recommend the patients have regular examinations of their nose, typically at least once a year, to make sure there are no complications of persistent nasal steroid spray use.

With the approval of Nasacort, more nasal steroid sprays are likely to become available over the counter. The FDA has already approved the Flonase brand for over-the-counter availability. It has been reported online that Flonase will likely become available in stores over-the-counter in early 2015. As multiple nasal steroid sprays become available over-the-counter, it is possible generic brands will also become available, and hopefully competition will result in lower prices.

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Cross-Reacting Foods, Oral Allergy Syndrome, or “Why Do Bananas Make My Throat Itch in the Fall?”

By Alfred M. Sassler, DO, FAAOA, FACS Many people…

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Nasal Sprays

Nasal Sprays can be an effective treatment options for many allergy sufferers. Read More

Allergy Testing

Allergy Testing is important to identify the allergens that impact you.
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