In September 2007 the Academy issued a new multi-disciplinary, evidence-based practice guideline for treating adult sinusitis, the common ailment that affects one in seven adults. Adult sinusitis has a profound impact on quality of life and workforce productivity, while costing the nation's healthcare system over $5.8 billion annually and is responsible for one out of every five adult antibiotic prescriptions in the US.
The new practice guideline outlines the best way for physicians and other healthcare professionals to diagnose and manage sinusitis in adults. The guidelines emphasize appropriate diagnosis, and provide management options including observation, antibiotic therapy, and additional testing.
Workshops held in cities nationwide will help otolaryngologists, their staff, and other healthcare professionals code correctly, learn risk reduction strategies, and organize business systems.