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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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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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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

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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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

President’s 2020 Update

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Today in ENT Allergy: AAOA’s Podcast. Episode 2 – A Brief Overview of the Otolarygnic Allergy

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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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The Excitement of the Recent AAOA Annual Meeting is Still Upon Us…

by Alpen Patel, MD, FAAOA

The excitement of the recent AAOA Annual Meeting is still upon us. It was a time for friends and colleagues to reunite at a world–class destination and an opportunity to learn the latest information about hot topics like biologics, SLIT, food allergy, and even practice management in our ever-evolving health care system. For those of you who could not join me and 500 of your colleagues in New Orleans this past September, please come meet us in Scottsdale in October 2020 for another free Annual Meeting—this promises to be another extraordinary educational experience for those who attend. In a few short months, we will also be having our Advanced Course at the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, Texas, where we will start using problem-based learning techniques in some of our sessions. I hope to see you there!

For the last several months, I have been trying to determine the unmet needs of our members. Thanks to those who completed our survey and participated in focus groups with me. Much interest was expressed to add more content to our AAOA website and make the website more user-friendly so we can readily access this information. Our remarkable leadership team and staff remain committed to our strong advocacy
efforts in regulatory and socioeconomic matters. As some of you may already know, implementation of the new USP 797 sterile compounding standards has been postponed due to an appeals process. We will continue to monitor this and will alert you once a new implementation date is announced.

The AAOA is an organization committed to your professional growth and provides you with the knowledge and tools to make a meaningful impact for the patients you serve. This year holds incredible promise as we expand value for your membership and strengthen our engagement with our members. As we begin another year together, I am fortunate to be surrounded by a great group of physician volunteers and staff. Our goal is quite simple: to make our organization better than it already is.

Shortly after our upcoming Advanced Course, we will convene and develop our organization’s strategic plan for the next few years to come. This will give us an opportunity to evaluate our efforts and determine our gaps in our initiatives. We have invested heavily in our live educational programming, which I believe is the best in the business. We will need to prioritize our resources so that we continue to deliver maximum member value in a fiscally sound manner.

All of us want to keep abreast of the most recent medical literature in determining the best course of treatment for our patients. As a result, we are reviewing and updating our online Clinical Care Statements. This compendium shares evidence-based summaries on recommended therapies and practices from the current medical literature. We are excited to soon launch our new Practice Resource Tool Kit, which will be a valuable online resource for you. Now you will have access to useful information, like the SLIT calculator, coding tips, sample office forms, and how to add allergy to your practice.

Many of you have expressed interest in earning online CME. Although no substitute for our top-notch live courses, the AAOA’s Clinical Insights modules offer interactive eLearning designed to expand understanding of current practice trends and clinical research in allergy diagnosis and management. We are augmenting this educational series by creating more
modules for your continuing education.

Lastly, I am happy to report that we are reaching out to the ACCME so that we can start the process of registering our live CME courses to meet the Lifelong Learning and Self Assessment (Part II) requirement of the American Board of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery.

I am grateful and honored to be leading an energetic and enthusiastic group as we work together to better our organization by providing more resources and value for your membership. I have no doubt that we will continue to offer exceptional educational experiences at our courses. I am confident that we will have a successful and productive year, and I look forward to serving you.