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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

Congress and Administration Take Aggressive Action to Address COVID-19 Pandemic but Providers Continue to Struggle

Congress has passed four pieces of legislation and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

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USP General Chapter <797> News. Media Fill Test Kit

Implementation of the new USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding — Sterile Preparations is still…

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HHS Attestation Update

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

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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

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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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

EDUCATION

On Demand Content!

Register now  for the Core Allergy & Rhinology Concepts: Age of Pandemics and Beyond that is still available on demand! It is a great value for rebooting and training returning or new staff. Core Allergy offers 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.  Read More

IFAR

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

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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

NOW ON DEMAND!!! Core Allergy and Rhinology Concepts: Age of Pandemics and Beyond
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Registrants! Use the access button below to Log in and click My Account at the top of the link page to get into the course event page.

2020 AAOA Annual Meeting
Now Virtual
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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

Earn CME Credit in Upcoming Activity Titled: The Role Of Biologics for the Treatment of Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps

Release Date: August 2020; Expiration Date: August 2021 Nasal polyps impact an estimated 13 million…

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The New AAOA Mission Statement

From the AAOA President, Aplen Patel, MD, FAAOAI hope this message finds you healthy and…

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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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AAOA Leadership

The New AAOA Mission Statement

From the AAOA President, Aplen Patel, MD, FAAOA
I hope this message finds you healthy and well. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives, both personally and professionally. The impact of this virus outbreak has been far-reaching. How we live and interact with others will be very different, at least for the immediate future. As we return to our practices, uncertainty abounds, and questions remain to be answered. To help support our members during this transition, the AAOA has developed many resources.

During this crisis, many of us have found ourselves evaluating and managing patients remotely for the first time in our careers. Although difficult to perform a useful exam via telemedicine, the virtual encounter seems to be well-received by our patients. The AAOA Telehealth Toolkit was designed to help our members understand the rules, requirements, and reimbursement surrounding telemedicine. This toolkit will continue to serve as a valuable resource as we move forward since telemedicine is here to stay.

Many practices have temporarily suspended allergy testing and/or immunotherapy due to the crisis. The AAOA has created a guidance summary “Resuming SCIT During COVID-19 Pandemic.” Based on available scientific data and expert opinion, this document helps members to resume
safe allergy care as the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

We continue to expand our resources to help members during these hallenging times. Many of you have already tuned in to our new Zoomcast series Just in Time Content.

Key leaders within the organization discuss hot topics such as how to re-open practice with new safety measures and workflows, COVID-19 and anosmia, and physician wellness.

Due to our concern for your safety during this COVID-19 pandemic, the AAOA Board of Directors has decided to cancel the upcoming Basic Course. Instead, we are excited to offer you the AAOA’s first virtual course, Core Allergy & Rhinology Concepts: Age of Pandemics & Beyond. We will provide the same high quality content from leaders in the fields of otolaryngic allergy and rhinology. Wherever you are in the world, you will be able to attend this course from the comfort of your home or office enjoying unprecedented access to both live and on-demand content. We remain committed to delivering a virtual meeting that exceeds your expectations.

For those members who are required to participate in Part II-Lifelong Learning and Self- Assessment as part of the Continuing Certification process (formerly MOC) of the American Board of Oto-HNS, I am proud to announce that all of our CME programs, including the new virtual course, our live courses/meetings (Annual Meeting and Advanced Course), and our online Clinical Insights Modules qualify to meet this requirement.

At our Strategic Retreat earlier this year, the AAOA leadership focused on how to engage members, what drives members, and what the AAOA can do to better meet member needs. To align our organizational goals with our overall vision, the Board approved changing our mission statement to: Advance the comprehensive management of allergy and inflammatory disease in otolaryngology-head & neck surgery through training, education, and advocacy.

I encourage you to stay positive as we work together to overcome the new challenges we face. Stay safe, and I look forward to seeing you at the AAOA Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, October 23-25.

The 2020 AAOA Annual Meeting is now virtual. Lear more here.