AAO-HNSF Consensus Statements and Guidelines support payment efforts

July 2019 - Vol. 38, No. 6


While Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) are based on high-quality evidence, Clinical Consensus Statements (CCSs) reflect the views of an expert panel that has examined the scientific data available and experienced the procedure through research and/or clinical practice.

Recently published AAO-HNSF CCSs have been used by the AAO-HNS Health Policy Advocacy team to support coverage and coding of procedures commonly performed by Academy members.

CCSs that have been published or initiated include:

  • CCS: Balloon Dilation of the Sinuses (February 2018)
  • CCS: Balloon Dilation of the Eustachian Tube (June 2019)
  • CCS: Ankyloglossia (in progress)

CPGs updated and published in 2019 include:

  • CPG: Tonsillectomy in Children (Update) (February 2019)
  • CPG: Sudden Hearing Loss (Update) (August 2019)

New products with anticipated publication include:

  • CPG: Nosebleed (Epistaxis) (January 2020)
  • CPG: Ménière’s Disease (February 2020)
  • CPG, Single Specialty: Opioid Prescription Following Otolaryngology Procedures

Our senior CPG methodologists, Richard M. Rosenfeld, MD, MPH, MBA, and Seth R. Schwartz, MD, MPH, have trained additional members to serve as guideline methodologists and continue to provide feedback to new “graduates” as they take the lead on guidelines. Our current methodologists now include Stacey L. Ishman, MD, MPH, and David E. Tunkel, MD.