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August 2016
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The AAAAI is scheduled to co-host two patient-focused Twitter chats this month. Invite your patients and other colleagues to save the date and join the conversation.
News Briefs
Have You Read the AAAAI’s Draft Penicillin Allergy Position Statement?
Review the draft position statement and submit your comments by September 6. Read more »
Coming Soon: AAAAI’s School-based Asthma Management Program (SAMPRO)
This new program will provide standardized recommendations and resources for the care of asthmatic children in schools. Read more »
Quality Reporting: Now and Under the New Rules, AAAAI Has You Covered
For 2016, the AAAAI QCDR allows you to complete PQRS reporting and satisfy certain MOC requirements. In 2017, the QCDR provides the tools you need to meet new reporting requirements. Read more »
Web Tips

New Patient Education Videos Available at the AAAAI Website

The new videos in the Conditions & Treatments section of the AAAAI website offer ways for allergist/immunologists to educate their patients. Listen to AAAAI experts discussing a variety of topics including aspirin allergy, flu shots and egg allergy, mastocytosis, and traveling with food allergies.

From the President

Dear Colleagues,

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States alone. One of the contributing factors to this growing health threat is the population of patients who report having a penicillin allergy but have not had the appropriate testing performed to confirm such an allergy. Published research has shown that without testing, an unverified history of penicillin allergy can contribute to longer hospitalizations, higher costs, greater risk for adverse effects of alternative (non-beta lactam) antibiotics, and increased rates of serious antibiotic-resistant infections.

Taking into account that as many as nine of 10 patients who are tested do not have an allergy to penicillin, you can understand why the AAAAI has identified verifying patient reported penicillin allergy as an important contribution in combating the ongoing emergence of antibiotic resistance.