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Updated October 22, 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.

[October 22] FDA Approves First Treatment for COVID-19 Read More. 

[October 21] CDC Expands Definition of Who Is in "Close Contact" of an Individual with COVID-19 Read More. 

[October 20] CDC: Wear Face Masks on Public Transportation Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs Read More. 

[October 16] CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Race, Ethnicity, and Age Trends in Persons Who Died from COVID-19 — United States, May–August 2020 Read More. 

On October 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced amended terms for payments issued under the Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program. Under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act repayment will now begin one year from the issuance date of each provider or supplier’s accelerated or advance payment. Read More. 

[October 6] FDA launched a new vaccines webpage to highlight new information as it becomes available. The new page includes the October 6 FDA issued guidance with recommendations for vaccine sponsors regarding the scientific data and information that would support issuance of an emergency use authorization (EUA) for investigational vaccines intended to prevent COVID-19. 

[October 1] HHS Announces New CARES Act Provider Relief Funding Available October 5

Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $20 billion in new funding for physicians on the frontlines of battling the coronavirus pandemic. Providers who have already received payments can now apply for additional funding that considers financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by the coronavirus. Additionally, previously ineligible providers, such as those who began practicing in 2020, are also now eligible to apply. While physicians will have from October 5, 2020, through November 6, 2020, to apply for Phase 3 General Distribution funding, HHS in encouraging physicians to apply at the earliest possible date. Learn More. 

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.