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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

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

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

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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

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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Experience Scottsdale at the 2020 AAOA Annual Meeting by Cecelia Damask, DO

Cecelia Damask, DO, FAAOA is currently serving as Coordinator of Education of AAOA. https://youtu.be/j6zesvHwdzk Cecelia…

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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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Small Business Paycheck Protection Program

by Dole Baker, MD, FAAOA, AAOA Socioeconomic Committee Member 

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program is part of the CARES Act legislation signed into law by President Trump.  If you have a private practice you should take a few moments to read over the highlights of the program.  For many, if not most, private practices there is very little downside to participating in the program if you plan on retaining most of your employees through the crisis (including mid levels and physicians.)

The funds are fully forgiven when “used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities (due to likely high subscription, at least 75% of the forgiven amount must have been used for payroll). Loan payments will also be deferred for six months. No collateral or personal guarantees are required. Neither the government nor lenders will charge small businesses any fees.”  All small businesses with fewer than 500 employees are eligible as are independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and sole proprietorships.

Physicians doing locum tenens or outside consulting are also eligible.

Of note, the program caps wages of individual employees at 100,000 per annum in calculations of the loan amount; but the exclusion of compensation in excess of $100,000 annually applies only to cash compensation, not to non-cash benefits, including:

  • employer contributions to defined-benefit or defined-contribution retirement plans;
  • payment for the provision of employee benefits consisting of group health care coverage, including insurance premiums; and
  • payment of state and local taxes assessed on compensation of employees.

This forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels.  The amount of the loan forgiven will be decreased if you fail to maintain your staff and at least 75% of your payroll costs by June 30, 2020.

Small businesses and sole proprietorships can begin applying April 3, 2020.  Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply begin applying on April 10, 2020.

As of now, the program has a limit of 349 billion dollars and is first come first served.  The application is only about two pages and is quite easy to fill out.  The information needed to calculate the loan amounts is easily available to any business that processes payroll as it is taken from current and 2019 payroll reports that all employers file each quarter and year (W-2, W-3, 941 etc).

The program has been exceedingly popular and you must apply through a bank.  Many banks are currently only accepting applications from their current clients because of the overwhelming demand.  If you have a banking relationship, especially with a smaller local or regional bank, you may do better working through them.

As an example, a small office with one physician making 250,000 per year and one employee making 40,000 per year, health insurance costs of 30,000 per year and total retirement contributions of 60,000 per year the potential forgivable loan amount could be almost 80,000.00

Sample loan calculator can be downloaded here. More information can be found here.

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