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Updated September 24, 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 23] FDA Authorizes First Point-of-Care Antibody Test for COVID-19 Read More. 

[September 21] FDA Guidance on Conduct of Clinical Trials of Medical Products during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Read More. 

[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. 

[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.