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Chinese citizen indicted for stealing health data of 79M US residents

May 14, 2019

The Department of Justice on Thursday announced that a federal grand jury has indicted a Chinese citizen, Fujie Wang, and unnamed accomplices for cyber intrusions into U.S. companies, including the 2015 Anthem data breach that affected nearly 79 million U.S. residents.

When a 'John Doe' enters the ED, a high-stakes game of detective begins

May 13, 2019

Hospital staff must do a bit of sleuthing when unidentified patients arrive at the emergency department, all while providing care without the patients' medical histories.

'Pretty much unbeatable': How hospitals are fighting the deadly C. auris outbreak

May 13, 2019

Hospitals in the United States and abroad in recent years have been grappling with a little-known drug-resistant fungus called Candida auris—and some experts say its silent spread raises questions about CDC's hospital reporting policies for such outbreaks.

Trump calls for an end to 'surprise' medical bills and signals support for Rx drug imports

May 10, 2019

President Trump on Thursday called on Congress to propose and approve legislation to address so-called "surprise" medical bills and vowed to allow states to import lower-cost prescription drugs from other countries.

House votes to overturn Trump admin's expansion of ACA waivers

May 10, 2019

The House on Thursday voted 230-183 to approve a bill that would overturn CMS guidance that expanded the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) so-called "state innovation waivers" in a way that allows states to circumvent certain ACA requirements.

Judge orders HHS to remedy $1.6B in unlawful 340B cuts

May 9, 2019

A federal judge on Monday ordered HHS to come up with a remedial measure that would address hospital payment cuts under Medicare's 340B drug discount program for 2018 and 2019, which the judge previously ruled were unlawful.

Walmart will raise its minimum tobacco purchasing age to 21

May 9, 2019

Walmart, the world's largest retailer, on Wednesday announced it is increasing the minimum age at which individuals can buy tobacco products to 21 at all its U.S. retail stores and is discontinuing sales of dessert- and fruit-flavored e-cigarettes.

HHS just finalized a rule to require drug list prices in TV ads

May 8, 2019

HHS on Wednesday released a final rule that will require drugmakers to disclose their products' list prices in consumer-directed television advertisements.

The chemicals in your sunscreen are seeping into your blood. Is that unsafe?

May 8, 2019

FDA in a study published this week found that a number of the active ingredients found in popular sunscreens are absorbed into the bloodstream at levels higher than the agency recommends, prompting FDA to request further research on the safety of sunscreens.

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