AHA endorses proposed ED data collection pilot program; CMS announces 2014 Medicare premiums and deductibles;

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> The American Hospital Association is encouraging the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to adopt a proposed pilot test for an emergency department tool that will streamline data collection for hospitals and patients, AHA News Now reports. Article

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced Medicare premiums and deductibles for 2014, effective January 1. Notice

> Narrow-spectrum antibiotics are roughly as useful and cost-effective as broad-spectrum antibiotics in treating pediatric community-acquired pneumonia, according to a new study in PediatricsAbstract

Health Payer News

> Officials operating California's state-run health insurance exchange are taking steps to differentiate it from the beleaguered federal marketplace. Article

> Aetna is warning a reduction in federal Medicare Advantage payments and the new health insurance tax likely will cut into insurers' earnings next year. Article

And Finally…Pointing fingers. Article


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