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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

Medicare 2022 Conversion Factor Update

Thanks to lobbying efforts from the House of Medicine, Congress took action this month. The…

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CY 2022 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Summary

On July 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Medicare Physician…

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Congress Considers Extension of Telehealth Flexibilities Post-Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic forced Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 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

12/01/22: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/23: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/23: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/23: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2023 Basic Course

07/01/23: Scientific Abstract Submission Deadline
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EDUCATION

Although the live portion of the 2022 AAOA Hybrid Annual Meeting is over, all sessions were recorded and are available on-demand until October 31st. Register to watch!

RESIDENTS

For information about Resident opportunities, DosedDaily, research grants, and other resources. Learn More

IFAR

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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

Changes in Managing Practices

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

AAOA Educational Stacks
October 15-December 31, 2022

2022 AAOA Annual Meeting
Loews Philadelphia, PA
Recorded Content Available Until October 31
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Access Whova

2023 AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
March 30 - April 1, 2023
The Hythe Vail
Formerly the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort
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2023 AAOA Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
June 29 – July 1, 2023
Hyatt Regency Seattle
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2023 AAOA Annual Meeting
September 28 – September 30, 2023
Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville Downton

USP 797 Online Module
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News and Updates

Helping Private Practices Navigate Non-Essential Care During COVID-19

The American Medical Association has released updated guidance for private practice physicians navigating the provision…

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Office Hours With AAOA President

As you know, AAOA is about its members and our community. In an effort to…

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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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PARTNER RESOURCE CENTER

AAOA has launched a Partner Resource Center to bring you partner resources that can assist your practice and patient care.

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PATIENT CORNER

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

Implementation of the new USP General Chapter <797> Pharmaceutical Compounding — Sterile Preparations is still postponed.  In March, the Appeals Panel convened to deliberate and evaluate the appeals.  After deliberation, the both General Chapters <797> and <795> (non-sterile preparation) were remanded to the Compounding Expert Committee with recommendations for further engagement on the issues raised concerning beyond-use date provisions.

What does this mean?  It means the current 2008 revision of General Chapter <797> remains in effect.  The Appeals Panel did not determine that the chapters require revision, but noted that the issues raised in the appeal warrant additional dialogue and consideration.  The Compounding Expert Committee will determine the appropriateness of future revisions, if any.

Given the above, we do not expect any changes to the allergy component of the pending update.  We will continue to monitor USP and its Compounding Expert Committee efforts to keep you informed.

In the meantime, the AAOA has worked to develop resources and tools to help you meet the compliance criteria outlined in the pending chapter.

Last Fall, we released our USP General Chapter <797> Sterile Allergen Extract Compounding Online Module to help you and your practice meet the compounding personnel criteria. USP <797> requires personnel to demonstrate proficiency in knowledge of principles and skills for sterile compounding every 12 months and to document training and competency.   Partnering with Area9 and its adaptive learning platform, the AAOA’s online module is a great tool to help assure you can meet and document the proficiency defined in USP <797>.  Because it is based on adaptive learning, module participants will succeed through the learning process.  So it is a great tool to help learn about sterile compounding as well as document proficiency.

AAOA has also partnered with Valiteq to offer kits as a special AAOA member rate to meet the media fill and gloved fingertip testing requirements. Each kit, currently defined as Allerteq A1CDI, consists of the media fill test, the gloved fingertip test kit with 6 contact plates, 2-week incubation process, 1-week growth promotion, and a written report at 4 weeks.  AAOA members will get a 15% discount on the kits.  The kits list for $200 and AAOA members will pay $170 plus shipping. View what’s in the kit.

While the implementation dates for the new USP General Chapter <797> are still undefined, AAOA’s resources are available for you and your staff as you position your practice to meet the new guidance.

AAOA’s USP General Chapter <797> Sterile Allergen Extract Compounding Online Module

Allerteq A1CDI Kit Unboxing Video

How To Order Valiteq Media Fill Test Kit

Order Form

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