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October 2017
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The AAAAI issued a press release on The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology article “Early-life home environment and the risk of asthma among inner-city children.” Researchers found evidence that early-life exposure to cockroach, mouse and cat allergens decreased the rate of asthma in inner-city children.
News Briefs
Latest Update on Venom Extract Shortage
ALK has announced that it now has a stable supply of honey bee, wasp and mixed vespid single dose vials. Read more »
Flu Vaccine Still Recommended for Pregnant Women with Asthma
The VAMPSS Investigative Team supports the continued CDC recommendation that flu shots be given to pregnant women in response to a study that reported a possible link between spontaneous abortion and women who had been given the H1N1-containing flu vaccines two seasons in a row. Read more »
What Do You Want to Ask the Future AAAAI President?
Now is the time to submit your questions for the 2018 Secretary-Treasurer candidates. Read more »
Web Tips

New Skin Allergy Resources for Your Patients in English and Spanish

Skin allergies are one of the most visited topics on the AAAAI website. To help patients gain a better understanding of conditions, we have three new detailed articles on hives/angioedema, contact dermatitis and eczema. You can find these articles, in both English and Spanish, in the Member’s Library under skin allergy. The articles with flames by the name indicate they are printable versions.  

From the President

Dear Colleagues,

The Summit for the Future of Allergy and Immunology, taking place October 19-22 in Washington, DC, is quickly approaching. This event encompasses one of my presidential initiatives and I’ve focused on why I believe it’s crucial in a previous message. With the logistics and attendees solidified, I can now share further details with you about what will take place there.

First, let’s set the stage. The healthcare, research, pharmaceutical and regulatory environment in which physicians operate is rapidly evolving. Reimbursement for physician services is changing from “fee for service” to “outcomes” based compensation. Physicians are moving away from private practice to working as employees for healthcare systems. Compensation of physician employees is increasingly based on outcomes prioritized by the healthcare organization. These changes represent significant challenges for physicians of all types, but this is especially true for allergy/immunology (A/I).

I’m not saying all of this to scare you into early retirement. Rather the point is to emphasize that we cannot sit idly by and hope for the best.