Your leadership's decisions

May 30, 2019

The following are key actions taken by the Executive Committee at its Mar. 20 and May 15 teleconferences.

  • Ratified the appointment of Gerald Lee, MD, to a four-year term as assistant editor of AllergyWatch to replace David Lang, MD.
  • Approved the proposed revisions to the ACAAI Standard Travel Reimbursement Policy and the ACAAI Board of Regents Travel Reimbursement Policy.
  • Approved providing the Annual Meeting Program chair and vice chair with a complimentary sleeping room for the duration of the Annual Meeting.
  • Approved the reappointment of James Sublett, MD, and Gary Gross, MD, as advisor and alternate advisor respectively, to the AMA CPT Advisory Committee for three-year terms through May 2022.
  • Ratified the development of a 2019 Yardstick on Genetic Testing for Primary Immunodeficiency with Lisa Kobrynski, MD, MPH; Javier Chinen, MD, PhD; Morna Dorsey, MD; Monica Lawrence, MD, and Jay Lieberman, MD, serving as the yardstick authors.
  • Approved a request from Jay Portnoy, MD, to discontinue providing CME for new COLA programs.
  • Nominated Don Bukstein, MD, and Jayesh Kanuga, MD, as College representatives to the Chronic Condition and Disease Management Clinical Subcommittee for MACRA Episode-based Cost Measures; Wave 3 of the project.
  • Nominated Jay Lieberman, MD; Shahzad Mustafa, MD; Dana Wallace, MD, and Kelly Maples, MD, for consideration to serve on the ABAI Board of Directors for a six-year term beginning in 2021.
  • Appointed Michael Blaiss, MD; Todd Mahr, MD, and Bryan Martin, DO, as the College’s representatives to International Collaboration in Asthma Allergy and Immunology (iCAALL) for 2019-2020.
  • Reappointed John Oppenheimer, MD, to serve a one-year term on the ACAAI/AAAAI Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters (JTFPP) as ACAAI co-chair through 2020; appointed Daniel Petroni, MD, PhD, to serve a five-year term on the JTFPP through 2024; Appointed Dana Wallace, MD, to complete the term of Chitra Dinakar, MD, as a member of the JTFPP through 2021 or until Dr. Dinakar is able to return to the position on a permanent basis.
  • Approved the recommended changes to the College’s policy on the establishment of named lectureships, including: 1) offering three annual memorial lectures in addition to Bela Schick at every Annual Meeting and retiring them after 10 years at the discretion of the Board; 2) immediately retiring the Daniel Goodman and Lester Mittlestaedt lectures; 3) retiring the Bernard Berman lecture after the 2019 Annual Meeting; 4) discontinuing the state-of-the-art lectureship; and 5) offering up to two honorary or memorial lectures in addition to the four recurring lectures, provided each lecture is supported with a single payment of $100,000 and receives formal approval from the Board of Regents.
  • Approved the Annual Meeting Program Committee’s nominations (contingent on speaker availability) for the following 2019 Named Lectures: Luisa Businco Lecture (Jonathon Hourihane, MD), John P. McGovern Lecture (Susan Prescott, MD, PhD), Bernard Berman Lecture (Bryan Martin, DO) and Ed O’Connell Lecture (Matthew Rank, MD).
  • Approved the request and budget to produce the Allergy and Immunology Medicine (AIM) Self-Assessment program beginning in 2020.
  • Requested hiring a web consultant to develop an RFP to enhance/redesign the College’s public and member websites. The consultant will also distribute the RFP to web development companies, vet proposals and recommend top proposals to the College.
  • Approved submitting the results of a systematic literature review on the value of allergist care for treatment of asthma for publication in Annals.
  • Approved contracting Public Communications, Inc. to make updates to the web-based Blue Book “Asthma Management and the Allergist: Better Outcomes at Lower Cost” using the results of the recent literature review.
  • Appointed Anthony Montanaro, MD, as an additional assistant editor of AllergyWatch through 2022.
  • Approved piloting the development of an ACAAI AllergyWatch Podcast Program for members featuring Gerald Lee, MD, and Merin Kuruvilla, MD, as co-hosts.
  • Approved, in principal, the proposed JTFPP contracted services staffing plan as presented with the understanding the total cost to the College will not exceed what has been allocated in the 2019 budget.
  • Ratified the appointment of David Khan, MD (ACAAI co-chair); Megan Shephard, MD, and Jennifer Shih, MD, as College representatives on the 2019-2020 Joint ACAAI/AAAAI Board Certification Review Course Taskforce.
  • Ratified the appointment of Tania Elliott, MD (ACAAI co-chair), Sakina Bajowala, MD; Yudy Persaud, MD, MPH, and Mike Tankersley, MD, MBA, as College representatives to the Joint ACAAI/AAAI Task Force on Technology and Telemedicine for a one-year renewable term.
  • Approved contracting with Minute Maid Park for the 2019 Annual Meeting President’s Welcome Reception and allocating additional funds in the 2019 budget to cover the anticipated additional expenses.
  • Approved supporting an ACAAI Symposium at the 2019 APAAACI/CSA International Conference, Sept. 5-7 in Beijing and allocating funds from the various travel budgets to enable Drs. Mahr and two others College members to participate as program faculty.
  • Approved contracting with DocMatter to establish an ACAAI-branded on-line community for all College members contingent upon legal approval of a contract.
  • Appointed Gerald Lee, MD, as editor-in-chief of the AIM self-assessment program.
  • Approved the Member Relations Committee’s proposal to host a Leadership Summit participant reception during Annual Meeting.
  • Approved the iCAALL Steering Committee Charter as presented.
  • Reappointed David Stukus, MD, to serve a second one-year term as chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee beginning November 2019.
  • Reappointed Lisa Kobrynski, MD, MPH, to serve a second one-year term as vice chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee beginning November 2019.