Board of Regents and Executive Committee Decisions

September 27, 2018

The following are key actions taken by the Board of Regents at the June 23 meeting and by the Executive Committee during Aug. 27 teleconference.

  • Ratified the decision to work with Guideline Central on the development of an Atopic Dermatitis Pocket Guide, contingent upon Guideline Central securing the necessary industry support.
  • Ratified the decision to support a Sister Society Symposium at the Dec. 6 – 9, 2018 WAO Meeting in Florence, Italy.
  • Ratified the decision to assist the Contact Dermatitis Institute/Smart Practice with selecting seven allergy/immunology FIT recipients to receive CDI-provided travel grants to attend the Oct. 2018 and Jan. 2019 CDI Hands-on Patch Test Workshop, and request the Program Director’s Committee to review the submitted applications and select the recipients.
  • Declined the opportunity to bring the Mobile Airways Sentinel Network allergy diary to the U.S., and recommend the Allergy and Asthma Network consider this opportunity.
  • Ratified the revised Annual Meeting Speaker/Moderator Reimbursement Policy as recommended by the Executive Committee.
  • Approved convening a workgroup, consisting of Dr. Mahr as chair, and Drs. Manning, Martin and Meadows to: 1) explore the criteria for other organizations’ Masters recognition programs and the ratio of the number of Masters to membership; and 2) determine whether the College should formally recognize past Distinguished Fellow recipients by providing them with pins, ribbons, etc.
  • Ratified the College/Allergy and Asthma Network Memorandum of Understanding related to joint activities.
  • Ratified signing onto the ACAAI/AAAAI Memorandum Of Understanding, which outlines coordinated communication efforts regarding USP and FDA compounding issues related to possible changes in USP General Chapter 797.
  • Approved providing the Advocacy Council of ACAAI with a grant of $250,000 for: 1) promoting research and study in allergy or advancing the knowledge and practice of allergy; and/or 2) maintaining or advancing the highest possible standards among those engaged in the practice of allergy; and/or 3) advancing medical ethics; and/or 4) establishing standards for the qualification of persons engaged in the specialty of allergy.
  • Approved the concept of the Healthy Home campaign as presented, and engage Reingold to conduct campaign planning and pitching to potential sponsors at no charge to the College.
  • Approved sending a letter to the ABAI respectfully requesting that all diplomates that logged onto CAP and made a good faith effort receive credit at the passing percentage for the first block.
  • Approved sending a letter to the ABAI requesting they find a mechanism to acknowledge the good faith effort of those who underperformed in the first six months of the CAP.
  • Approved sending an email to College members stating that the College leadership understands their concerns about the ABAI CAP and letting them know that we are in communication with the ABAI leadership regarding these issues.
  • Accepted the Appointments Committee’s recommendations for refinements to the existing committee structure/governance and committee audit process.
  • Approved the applications for fellowship, promotion to fellowship, membership, allied health, Fellow-in-Training and resident/medical student membership as recommended by the Credentials Committee.
  • Approved the retired and emeritus status for the fellows and members as recommended by the Credentials Committee.
  • Approved increasing the AllergyWatch budget by $2,500 for costs associated with the logistics of creating the “From the Pages of AllergyWatch” feature.
  • Approved increasing the AllergyWatch budget by $2,500 for costs associated with the logistics of creating the second 2018 MOC issue.
  • Approved appointing Drs. Anthony Montanaro and Stanley Fineman as AllergyWatch co-editors for the remainder of 2018 and for the first six months of 2019.
  • Approved the 2019-2021 Education Blueprint with the understanding that some of the identified projects will be forwarded to other College Councils and Committees, who will determine their strategic priority in conjunction with other identified initiatives.
  • Approved the draft schedule of events for the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Approved appointing Dr. David Stukus as chair of the 2019 Annual Meeting Program Committee.
  • Approved the following slate of officers and regents for election at the 2018 Annual Business Meeting:
    • President-Elect – J. Allen Meadows, MD
    • Vice President – Luz Fonacier, MD
    • Treasurer – Kathleen May, MD
    • Regents – Kelly Maples, MD, Melinda Rathkopf, MD, and Michael Rupp, MD
  • Approved inviting Gailen Marshall, Jr., MD, PhD, to deliver the Bela Schick Lecture at the 2018 Annual Meeting.
  • Approved honoring Mark Corbett, MD, and Dana Wallace, MD, with the Distinguished Fellow Award; Mubeccel Akdis, MD, with the International Distinguished Fellow Award; Alnoor Malick, MD, John Oppenheimer, MD, Gina Seegers and Tonya Winders with the Distinguished Service Award; and Dr. Myngoc Nguyen with the Woman in Allergy Award at the 2018 Annual Meeting.
  • Approved the College’s participation in the development and sponsorship of a joint AAAAI/ACAAI/CSACI guideline for the prevention of food allergy.
  • Approved the College’s participation in the development and sponsorship of a joint AAAAI/ACAAI/CSACI guideline for office-based practice of food allergy therapies.
  • Approved the administration of an epinephrine usage trends survey to our membership in collaboration with the AAAAI.
  • Approved the administration of an oral food challenge trends survey to our membership in collaboration with the AAAAI.
  • Approved supporting the APFED request for proposed ICD-10 codes for eosinophilic diseases, including eosinophilic asthma.
  • Approved adding a first- and second-year regent to the Annual Meeting Program Committee beginning in 2019 from among the regents who do not serve on the Executive Committee, and making these regents eligible to serve as track chairs.
  • Approved adding an appointee from the Advocacy Council to the Annual Meeting Program Committee in addition to the Practice Management member. The AMP committee chair is to consult the Advocacy Council chair when selecting this appointment.
  • Approved the Annual Meeting Program Committee chair and vice chair to serve a one-year term, automatically renewable for one year upon approval of the Executive Committee/Board of Regents.
  • Approved enabling the president, president-elect, vice president, first- and second-year regents and Advocacy Council representative serving on the Annual Meeting Program Committee to have the option to rank submitted proposals in the areas they feel qualified to do so at the same time as the track subcommittees are ranking proposals.
  • Approved changing the Practice Management and Professional Issues track subcommittee to the Advocacy, Practice Management and Professional Issues track subcommittee. The chair of this track subcommittee is to be appointed by the AMP committee chair in consultation with the Advocacy Council chair.
  • Approved scheduling an in-person meeting of the Annual Meeting Program Committee during the early stages of the Annual Meeting program development.
  • Approved endorsing the “No Appetite for Bullying” campaign currently supported by Kaleo, FAACT, FARE, the Network and Kids with Food Allergies.
  • Approved appointing Dr. Bryan Martin as the chair of the 2019 Nominating Council.
  • Approved dissemination of the Survey of Specialty Care from the Center of Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research to College members, asking them to participate.
  • Ratified the reappointment of Dr. Terence Carey to a 4-year term as an ACAAI representative to the AARC Board of Medical Advisors through December 2022.
  • Ratified the decision to contract with publishing consultant Bruce Polsky to assist with journal publishing contract negotiations.
  • Approved allocating $25,000 in the 2019 budget to continue to support the Program Director’s Assembly Meeting scheduled Jan. 11 – 12, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.
  • Ratified the decision to request the Respiratory & Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders Committee to review the American College of Chest Physicians’ Treatment of ILD-associated Cough: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report and authorize the president to provide College endorsement of the document if recommended by the officers.
  • Ratified the decision to sign onto the Oral Corticosteroid Stewardship Consensus Statement.
  • Approved the proposed HOD 2018 Town Hall Meeting agenda.
  • Approved contracting with Medscape on the development of two educational programs related to pediatric asthma and adult asthma, pending legal review of a formal agreement, and requesting the President to appoint a College representative to assist Medscape with content development.
  • Ratified the development of a second 2018 yardstick titled, “Work-up for Idiopathic Anaphylaxis – Going Beyond Tryptase.”
  • Approved the proposed policy related to Conflict of Interest following acceptance of a position in industry and incorporating it into the College’s Conflict of Interest Policy.
  • Approved the proposed policy related to the past immediate past president’s ability to serve as chair of the Nominating Council with an effective date of 11/11/2019 and beginning with the 2020 Nominating Council.
  • Approved ALK’s sponsorship of the Find an Allergist widget on its Odactra direct-to-consumer website.
  • Approved appointing Dr. Lisa Kobrynski as vice chair of the 2019 Annual Meeting Program Committee, contingent upon her understanding that this could potentially require a 2-year commitment as vice chair and up to a 2-year commitment as chair.
  • Approved establishing a named lectureship honoring Dr. Edward O’Connell, to be given on an annual basis for 10 years beginning with the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Approved establishing a taskforce appointed by the College’s president to review the current named lectureship policies and submit any proposed revisions to the Executive Committee / Board of Regents for consideration.