Clinical Indicators Compendium

Clinical Indicators
Clinical Indicators for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery are generated from within AAO-HNS/F committees. Clinical Indicators are not a substitute for the experience and judgment of a physician and are developed to enhance the physicians' ability to practice evidence-based medicine. A list of all clinical indicators for otolaryngology-head and neck surgery is provided below.

The Academy has released updated clinical indicators after an extensive review by the clinical committees and staff. The following indicators have been updated and can be seen below: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: Adult, Nasal Endoscopy, Canalith Repositioning, Tonsillectomy, Adenoidectomy, and Adentonsillectomy, Septoplasty, Adenoidectomy, Laryngoscope/ Nasopharyngoscopy, and Endoscopic Sinus Surgery: Pediatric.

The Allergy Testing for Allergic Rhinitis indicator has been removed per the advise of the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Committee and the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. 

The Palatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) Clinical Indicator has been updated after an extensive review by the Sleep Disorders Committee and Staff. 

Continued improvement of these clinical indicators is an ongoing project. If you have comments or questions about any of the clinical indicators, please send an email to

Auditory System
Acoustic Neuroma Surgery
Auditory Brainstem
Myringotomy/Tympanostomy Tubes

Digestive System
NEWLY UPDATED: Adenoidectomy
NEWLY UPDATED: Tonsil/Adenoid/Adenotonsillectomy
NEWLY UPDATED in 2013: Palatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)

Endocrine System

Lymphatic System
NEWLY UPDATED: Neck Dissection

Musculoskeletal System
LeFort Fracture
Mandibular Fracture
*NEWLY UPDATED in 2014* Nasal Septal Fracture

Respiratory System
NEWLY UPDATED: Diagnostic Nasal Endoscopy
*NEWLY UPDATED in 2014* Endoscopic Debridement
NEWLY UPDATED: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Adult
NEWLY UPDATED: Endoscopic Sinus Surgery, Pediatric
Inferior Turbinate Surgery
NEWLY UPDATED: Laryngoscopy/Nasopharyngoscopy
NEWLY UPDATED: Septoplasty

NEWLY UPDATED: Canalith Repositioning

Important Disclaimer Notice
Clinical indicators for otolaryngology serve as a checklist for practitioners and a quality care review tool for clinical departments. These are intended as suggestions, not rules, and should be modified by users when deemed medically necessary. In no sense do they represent a standard of care. The applicability of an indicator for a procedure must be determined by the responsible physician in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient. Adherence to these guidelines will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. The AAO-HNS emphasizes that these clinical indicators 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. The AAO-HNS is not responsible for treatment decisions or care provided by individual physicians.  

CPT five-digit codes, nomenclature and other data are copyright 2012 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. No fee schedules, basic units, relative values or related listings are included in CPT. The AMA assumes no liability for the data contained herein.    

© 2012 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 1650 Diagonal Road Alexandria, VA 22314.

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