Optimal evidence-based management of patients with uncomplicated community-acquired pneumonia in the emergency department (ED) setting remains a topic of discussion. This discussion was recently revitalized by a 2014 study published in JAMA Internal Medicine by Makam et al showing an increase in the use of blood cultures for patients with community-acquired pneumonia during ED visits from 29.4% of patients in 2002 to 51.1% in 2010. As the authors acknowledge, one of the most likely explanations could be the former pneumonia core measures required by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services and the Joint Commission, potentially encouraging both ED and inpatient providers to reflexively order cultures. As these measures were the subject of fierce debate in the emergency medicine literature almost a decade ago, with recent policy changes affecting practicing clinicians, we aimed to briefly revisit the developments and concerning guidelines and discuss some important potentials for research in this setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1246-1248
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2015


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