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Updated September 21, 2020


Guidance for Return to Practice for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

The AAO-HNS, with the collaboration of the otolaryngology specialty societies, has developed recommendations for a safe return to practice that are being presented in two parts. These will be “living documents” that will be updated on a regular basis as new information becomes available. Resources include downloadable PDFs, podcasts, and video versions of each podcast. To access all of the materials available, click HERE

  • Part One, released on May 7, contains comprehensive general considerations that are applicable to all practice settings and specialty areas of otolaryngologists’ practice. Page 6 was updated on July 1, 2020, to include testing guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 
  • Part Two, released on May 15, contains specific recommendations encompassing prioritization and special circumstances related to surgical procedures for all specialty areas.

[September 19] HHS Provider Relief Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released additional information about data reporting requirements for Provider Relief Fund recipients who received aggregated payments of more than $10,000. The notice includes the data elements and information that recipients will need to report to comply with the Terms and Conditions of receiving and using the funds. Please note the additional detail and changes to the expense and lost revenue categories. The reporting requirements do not apply to the Nursing Home Infection Control distribution, Rural Health Clinic Testing distribution, or the HRSA Uninsured Program. Learn More.  

[September 18] The CDC updates How COVID-19 Spreads  Read More. 

[September 10] CDC: Delay or Avoidance of Medical Care Because of COVID-19–Related Concerns — United States, June 2020 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Read More. 

[September 4] HHS Again Extends Provider Relief Fund Deadline; Physicians Now Have Until September 13 to Apply

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is extending the deadline for physicians to apply for the Provider Relief Fund for both Medicare and Medicaid providers. This deadline applies to the targeted distribution for Medicaid providers as well as Medicare providers who missed the previous deadline to apply for additional funding from the second $20 billion tranche of the $50 billion general distribution. Physicians now have until September 13, 2020, to apply. Learn More.

[September 1] NIH: The COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines Panel’s Statement on the Emergency Use Authorization of Convalescent Plasma for the Treatment of COVID-19 Read More. 

[August 31] Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 Among Frontline Health Care Personnel in a Multistate Hospital Network — 13 Academic Medical Centers, April–June 2020 Read More in the latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

[August 28] FDA Broadens Emergency Use Authorization for Veklury (remdesivir) to Include All Hospitalized Patients for Treatment of COVID-19 Read More. 

[August 24] CDC Updates Guidance on Testing for COVID-19

On August 24 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance on the appropriate use of testing for COVID-19. These updates include edits to the diagnostic testing categories "to focus on testing considerations and actions to be taken by individuals undergoing testing." This is an evolving situation as more research and information become available. Any changes or adjustments to this guidance by the CDC will be updated on their Overview of Testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) webpage. Access the most up-to-date guidance information from the CDC HERE. 

[July 30] CMS and CDC Announce Provider Reimbursement Available for Counseling Patients to Self-isolate at Time of COVID-19 Testing Read More. 

[July 16] AAO-HNS and Highlight Proper COVID-19 Testing Procedures

Spencer C. Payne, MD, Chair of the Board of Governors, recorded an informational video that provides an overview of proper testing techniques for COVID-19. This video is available here and on the “What You Should Know about COVID-19” webpage. Access the Video Here.