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Position Statements

Position Statements are generated from within AAO-HNS/F committees. However, an individual member may request consideration of a topic for position statement development.

If you would like to propose that the Academy would consider developing a position statement on a particular topic or revise an existing Position Statement, please submit details about the topic and your concerns via the health policy inquiry page. Academy staff will then route your message to the Chair of the appropriate committee(s) for consideration. The committee(s) will examine the need for a statement, draft the necessary Position Statement language, and Academy staff will present it to the Academy's Physician Payment Policy Workgroup (3P) for review via the 3P Priority of Issues Process.

For Committee information on how to develop a New Position Statement, see the Step-by-Step Process Document.

For additional details on the definition and purpose of Position Statements in comparison to other resources like Clinical Practice Guidelines, please see the AAO-HNS/F Guidance Documents

*UPDATE 10/9/14* After an extensive review process by AAO-HNS Committees, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Directors, the Academy has updated two position statements and approved four new position statements as notated below:


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Plastics / Maxillofacial Surgery

Important Disclaimer Notice

Position statements are approved by the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. or Foundation (AAO-HNS/F) Boards of Directors and are typically generated from AAO-HNS/F committees. Once approved by the Academy or Foundation Board of Directors, they become official position statements and are added to the existing position statement library. In no sense do they represent a standard of care. The applicability of position statements, as guidance for a procedure, must be determined by the responsible physician in light of all the circumstances presented by the individual patient. Adherence to these clinical position statements will not ensure successful treatment in every situation. As with all AAO-HNS/F guidance, this position statement should not be deemed inclusive of all proper treatment decisions or methods of care, nor exclusive of other treatment decisions or methods of care reasonably directed to obtaining the same results.  Position statements are not intended to and should not be treated as legal, medical, or business advice.