AAO-HNS/F Policy

Patient Physician Covenant

(Modified from the Journal of the American Medical Association, May 17, 1995)

Pediatric Otolaryngology

All board-certified otolaryngologists have been trained to care for pediatric patients. Pediatric otolaryngology is a subspecialty within otolaryngology—head and neck surgery.

Policy on Quality Measures

Statement of Principles

Physician Drug Dispensing

The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head And Neck Surgery, Inc. shall work to preserve the historic and traditional physician's privilege of dispensing medications and medical devices when this policy is in the best interest of the patient.


The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) believes that quality care, access to care and positive health outcomes must be the primary goal of any physician reimbursement system.

Scope of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

The American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head And Neck Surgery, Inc. agrees with the policy of the American Medical Association that surgeons should be allowed to do all procedures for which they are qualified by training and experience.

Second Surgical Opinions

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. recognizes that the advisability of surgery or other specific therapy can be a matter of opinion. It reaffirms the traditional right of the patient's freedom of choice.

Tonsil and Adenoid Surgery

Otolaryngologists use a variety of safe and efficacious techniques and instruments to perform tonsil and adenoid surgery. Based on available data, the AAO-HNS does not find that one technique or instrument is clearly superior.

Policy on Pay for Performance

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Statement of Policy on Pay-for-performance August 31, 2006 Statement of Principles

Reimbursement for Taking Hospital Call

There is a growing crisis in America’s hospitals because of a shortage of both otolaryngologists and other on-call specialists. This crisis causes delays in patient care and may impact the quality of care provided to patients.