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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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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

07/07/20: Core Allergy & Rhinology Concepts: Age of Pandemics and Beyond
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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

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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Endonasal instrumentation and aerosolization risk in the era of COVID‐19: simulation, literature review, and proposed mitigation strategies . Read More

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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 AAOA Annual Meeting
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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

We Are Rolling Out Our First Completely Virtual CME Course

Chamberlain’s often-used quote about living in interesting times used to sound trite, but today it…

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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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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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Living With Allergies

Allergies: Not Just for Summer Anymore

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By Kevin Wilson

Nearly 50 million people battle allergies of some kind, including pollen, animal and food allergies. And when summer is over, it doesn’t mean allergy season is behind us. Some of us suffer from allergies triggered by our everyday surroundings all year round.

As seasons change, we can find ourselves spending more time indoors and we expose ourselves to a host of irritants that don’t go away.

What some may think is a seasonal cold might be allergies set off by dust mites, insects, mold or dander from pets, such as cats or dogs. When we are indoors fighting “cabin fever” we are also fighting allergens that can range from mild to severe, depending on our tolerance.

To date, nasal steroids and antihistamines are the typical course for minor allergies. Those with more serious allergies are candidates for allergy shots, or immunotherapy.

Shots have been used successfully for many years and have proven to be the most effective long- term solution for people suffering from allergies.

The Treatment

Allergy shots may be a good treatment choice for you if:

  • You are unable to avoid the things that cause your allergic reactions, and allergy medications don’t control your symptoms
  • Allergy medications cause bothersome side effects or interactions with othermedications you need to take
  • You wish to reduce your long- term use of allergy medication
  • You are allergic to insect stings

Even though immunotherapy has been proven to be extremely effective, allergy symptoms don’t disappear overnight. Patients usually improve during the first year of treatment, but more noticeable improvement comes during the second year. By the third year, most people are desensitized to the allergens contained in the shots and no longer have significant allergic reactions to those substances.

After a few years of successful treatment, some people don’t have significant allergy problems even after allergy shots are stopped. Other people need ongoing shots to keep symptoms under control.

Immunotherapy is currently one of the most effective FDA-approved methods of getting those problematic allergies under control, but there is good news on the horizon for those who find shot therapy an inconvenience.

An investigational approach to shot therapy is being symptoms triggered by:

  • Seasonal allergies. If you have seasonal allergic asthma or hay fever symptoms, you may be allergic to pollens released by trees, grasses or
  • Indoor If you have year-round symptoms, you may be sensitive to indoor allergens, such as dust mites, cockroaches, mold or dander from pets, such as cats or dogs.
  • Insect stings. Bees, wasps, hornets or yellow jackets can trigger allergic reactions to insect

Whether you have a cold or an allergy, it just makes sense to visit your local allergist. Start living your life free of sneezing, sniffling, watery eyes, aches and pains—and more.

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