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AOA Offers Complimentary Membership to New Members

New managers, coders, administrators and physicians are welcome to join the AOA until December 31, 2014 free of charge. Click here for more details.


Congress-Approved SGR Patch Signed into Law on April 1

Earlier this month, the Senate approved a House-passed SGR patch - H.R. 4302, the "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014" - that will delay for one year a 24% cut to Medicare physician payments resulting from the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. President Obama signed H.R. 4302 into law on Tuesday. You can read a summary of the legislation here

This is the latest patch to the flawed SGR, which had previously been delayed 17 times. In addition to the SGR provisions, the legislation:

  • Extends the 1.0 work Geographic Practice Cost index (GPCI) floor and therapy cap exceptions process for one year
  • Delays the transition to ICD-10 for at least one year
  • Creates new Medicare policies for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests
  • Puts in place "appropriate use" criteria for certain imaging services
  • Creates a new process for identifying "misvalued codes" in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
Full information on this legislation can be found on Congress' website.

Academic Practice Forum Members: Register for the Mid-Year Meeting at the University of Michigan

The AOA Academic Practice Forum is pleased to announce that its Second Annual Mid-Year Meeting will be held May 7-9, 2014, at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI. This meeting will feature several educational sessions and a visit to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital/Pediatric Otolaryngology Clinic as well as a tour of Ann Arbor and the “Big House” football stadium. Learn more about the program in our information sheet and register today!


Prep for ICD-10 with Discounted AAPC Materials

The AOA has secured an agreement with the AAPC to help get your practice and staff educated for the ICD-10 transition occurring Oct. 1, 2014. This agreement entitles all AOA members to receive AAPC member pricing or group rates for any of their ICD-10 training materials, including on-site training, books, online education, webinars and more. To learn more about the partnership and for pricing information, please contact Shayne Taylor, regional sales director at AAPC, at 1-800-626-2633 ext. 243 or at and mention that you are an AOA member.


Introducing AOA University

Click HERE for a 4-minute video!

The AOA and Education Committee are proud to bring you AOA University! AOA U provides self-learning modules on a variety of topics and is brought to you by the Certification in Otolaryngology Practice Management of the Association of Otolaryngology Administrators. Use these modules to train your new employees or to provide a refresher for your current employees—once you own the modules, you can use them unlimited times throughout the year!

Most modules will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and are followed by a post-test to assess your learning. If you complete a module and test successfully, you will receive a certificate of achievement upon completion.

AOA members pay only $179 per module and we have 8 to choose from, with more on the way!

Visit the AOA store to see what we have to offer and to purchase your modules today!


Now Available in the Practice Management Resource Library

HIPAA documents now available in the Practice Management Resource Library:

  • Business Associates Agreement Incorporating Omnibus Rule Changes
  • HIPAA Business Associates Agreement - AMA
  • HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practice

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