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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

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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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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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

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

2020 AAOA Annual Meeting
October 24-29, 2020
Virtual || Free For Members
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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

CEO Update, Fall 2020 -Winter 2021

In writing this piece, I tried to find something inspirational to help set the stage. Google…

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THANKFUL FOR YOU!

2020 has reminded us to be thankful. Thank You for your support through this year. …

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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

Allergy Management Tips & Myths

  1. Seasonal symptoms does not necessarily mean you have seasonal allergies.

    To really understand your symptoms and their causes, it is best to undergo allergy testing to both determine the cause and the best treatment modality. Spring allergy symptoms could be tree pollen or they could just as easily be mold allergies, which can be a year-round trigger.

  2. Manage your medications.

    Not all the over-the-counter allergy medications are the same. Some are straight antihistamines intended to block histamine receptors. Some combine antihistamines with decongestants, which tend to dry up block nasal and respiratory passages. Some are intranasal steroids intended to reduce the inflammation associated with congestion. Know what you are taking and how it acts. Sometimes, using the same medication over and over can result in a tolerance build up. You may find you need to change up which antihistamine you use. Working with your physician to find a allergy treatment regimen that works is a good plan.

  3. Know what you are taking with natural cures.

    There are lots of theories, postulates, and recommendations on how best to treat allergies and their symptoms. Keep in mind, many so-called “natural cures” are not regulated by the FDA. It is always wise to know what you are taking, what its claims and risks are, and if it interacts with any other medications (not just allergy) you may be taking. You should always share this list with your physician as well. In the list of natural cures, the data has yet to confirm local honey has an effect (although eating honey on your yogurt or morning toast cannot hurt). A Neti pot or sinus rinse kit, is old fashioned but does help wash allergens out of the nose. Supplements or teas made with butterbur and nettle root have been shown to help reduce symptoms. Additionally, European studies seem to support a diet rich in omega-3-fatty acids found in fish and walnuts can help reduce allergy symptoms. Again, a discussion with your physician can help navigate your path of treatment options.

  4. Be aware of cross-reactivities.

    There are classic examples of pollen-and-food pairs that exacerbate symptoms — ragweed and melon and birch trees and apple are two well-known pairs. The reason behind this pairing is that certain foods have similar proteins to the pollens, so they cause or augment allergy symptoms or irritations such as an itchy mouth or throat. This tends to occur primarily during high season for these pollens. Cooking the offending food can help break down the proteins and improve tolerability.

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NEWS and BLOG

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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Allergy Map

Recent Blog Articles

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