Healthcare costs average family $20K a year; UPMC asked judge to halt West Penn antitrust suit;

> The average American family spends $20,728 a year on medical costs, exceeding $20,000 for the first time, according to the most recent Milliman Medical Index. Report (pdf.)

> The American Medical Association is supporting a two-year delay of ICD-10, according to a letter sent to acting administrator Marilyn Tavenner last week. FierceHealthcare

> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released a national plan to develop effective prevention and treatment approaches for Alzheimer's disease by 2025, the agency said yesterday. Announcement

 > UPMC asked a judge to halt the West Penn Allegheny Health System antitrust suit since its tentative agreement with Highmark will likely drop the litigation, reported the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Article

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