Position Statements

Position statements are generated from within AAO-HNS/F committees. However, an individual member may request consideration of a topic for position statement development.  If you would like to propose that the Academy would consider developing a position statement on a particular topic or revise an existing position statement, please email the details about the topic and your concerns to healthpolicy@entnet.org.  Academy staff will then route your email to the Chair of the appropriate committee(s) for consideration.  The committee(s) will examine the need for a statement, draft the necessary position statement language, and Academy staff will present it to the Academy's Physician Payment Policy Workgroup (3P) for review. For additional details on the definition, purpose, and process to create position statements, please see the AAO-HNS/F Guidance Documents.  The Academy additionally has published a template document as guidance for drafting position statements. Click here to view the Position Statement Template.

After the March 2nd Board of Governors (BOG) meeting, several position statements have been updated and three new position statements have been added, as notated below:

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Remote Practice of Allergy

Ear / Hearing / Balance Disorders
CDC Immunization Recommendations for Cochlear Implant Patients
Cochlear Implants - UPDATED
Evaluation Prior to Hearing Aid Fitting - UPDATED
Hearing Aids
Implantable Hearing Devices
Infant Hearing
Management of Otosclerosis - UPDATED
Medical Role in Cerumen Removal
Micropressure Therapy
Middle-Ear Ventilation Tube Placement
Minimal Test Battery for Cochlear Implants
Otology / Neurotology - UPDATED
Red Flags - Warning of Ear Disease
Vestibular Rehabilitation

Head and Neck
Head and Neck Surgery
Thyroid and Parathyroid Diseases
Tonsil and Adenoid Surgery

Intra-Operative Use of Computer Aided Surgery - UPDATED
Point-of-Care Imaging in Otolaryngology
Roles of Flexible Laryngoscopy / Videostroboscopy
Performance and Interpretation of Laryngeal Videostroboscopy - UPDATED

Medications / Drugs
Botulinum Toxin Treatment
Medical Use of Cocaine
Physician Drug Dispensing
Use of Topical Antibiotic Drops

Noses / Sinuses 
Debridement of the Sinus Cavity after ESS
Dilation of sinuses, any method (e.g., balloon, etc.)
Intra-Operative Use of Computer Aided Surgery - UPDATED
Sinus Endoscopy

Infant Hearing
Middle-Ear Ventilation Tube Placement
Pediatric Otolaryngology - UPDATED
Tonsillectomy and OSAS - UPDATED

Plastics / Maxillofacial Surgery 
Plastic Surgery
Treatment for Microtia and Anotia

Positions / Practice Issues 
Ambulatory Procedures
Choice of Physicians
Communicable Diseases
Delineation of Hospital Privileges
Evidence Based Medicine
Medical Liability
Patient Physician Covenant
Performance Measures
Reimbursement for Taking Hospital Call 
Scope of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery 
Scope of Practice of Non-Physician Providers
Second Surgical Opinions
Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke
Use of Animals in Research
Use of the Term Doctor in Advertising and Patient Communications
Utilization Review

Sleep Disorders 
Midline Glossectomy for OSAS
Nasal Surgery and OSAS
Submucosal Ablation of the Tongue Base for OSAS
Surgical Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea - UPDATED
Tongue Suspension
Tongue Based Procedures - NEW
Tonsillectomy and OSAS - UPDATED
Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Use of Oral Appliances for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) - NEW

Flexible Endoscopic Examinations of Swallowing (FEES)
Foreign Bodies of the Upper Aerodigestive Tract
In-Office Photoangiolytic Laser Treatment of Laryngeal Pathology - NEW
Laryngopharyngeal Reflux
Laryngoscopy and Bronchoscopy
Performance and Interpretation of Laryngeal Videostroboscopy - UPDATED
Roles of Flexible Laryngoscopy / Videostroboscopy
  Voice Therapy in the Treatment of Dysphonia

Important Disclaimer Notice

Position statements are approved by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. or Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) Boards of Directors and are typically generated from AAO-HNS/F committees. Once approved by the Academy or Foundation Board of Directors, they become official position statements and are added to the existing position statement library. In no sense do they represent a standard of care. The applicability of position statements, as guidance for a procedure, must be determined by the responsible physician in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient. Adherence to these clinical position statements will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. As with all AAO-HNS/F guidance, this position statement should not be deemed inclusive of all proper treatment decisions or methods of care, nor exclusive of other treatment decisions or methods of care reasonably directed to obtaining the same results.