MedPAC recommends new cost controls; Emergency physician group defends ED care as 'cost efficient';

> MedPAC is arguing that Medicare needs new mechanisms for controlling the growth of fee-for-service billings, as well as for improving quality. Article

> Irked by claims that emergency departments are burdening the healthcare system, the American College of Emergency Physicians has gone on the defensive, arguing that emergency care in the U.S. is "very cost-efficient." Article

> Wondering what manner of person the proposed new FDA chief is? Here's a few clues. FiercePharma

> Sure, the health IT stimulus has been passed, but it comes with a bit of the unexpected. It now seems that physicians will have to choose whether to receive Medicare or Medicaid incentives for using health IT. FierceHealthIT

And Finally... This old couch came with a hungry, mewing extra. Article