A study involving 166 patients with sinus infections found that antibiotics are no better than placebo for treating acute sinusitis. Researchers found little difference in symptom improvement between patients on a 10-day course of amoxicillin and those taking a placebo. The findings appear in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
HHS on Thursday released the final regulations on accountable care organizations that will aid health care providers in delivering quality patient care and reducing costs. The agency lowered the number of quality measures for determining ACOs' performance bonuses from 65 to 33. "This model of delivering care may not be right for everyone, but it provides new incentives for doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to work together in new ways," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said.
Read AHIP's statement on the final ACO regulations here.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is making organizational changes that include the appointment of a chief privacy officer in order to "more effectively" perform its role in the push toward electronic health records adoption as provided in the HITECH Act, said HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The changes were scheduled to take effect Dec. 1.
AHIP President Karen Ignagni also discussed the proposal in a Newsmaker session with USA TODAY. "This is a major step, and it changes everything about how the market works," she said. Read a live blog of the session.