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A deadly bacteria lurked in the pipes at NIH—and at least 12 patients fell ill

January 2, 2019

At least 12 patients at NIH's hospital fell ill and three died after becoming infected with antibiotic-resistant Sphingomonas koreensis bacteria that lived in the hospital's water pipes, according to a new study.

Clinical lab fees to rise for the first time in decades

January 2, 2019

CMS last week issued a notice that the agency is increasing the fees diagnostic laboratories pay to be regulated by 20%, marking the first increase in roughly 20 years.

The hospital bed that can help providers care for patients

January 2, 2019

Hospital bed sales have slowed in recent years, but bed manufacturers are looking to reverse the trend with new digitized beds that "transform the ubiquitous furniture into a source of medical data," according to the Wall Street Journal.

Federal shutdown looms: House, Senate pass different versions of CR that would fund FDA

December 21, 2018

President Trump on Thursday told House Republican leaders that he would not sign a Senate-passed short-term spending bill that would fund seven federal departments and various federal agencies, including FDA, because it did not include funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

When 'Dr. Google' leads you astray—the consequences can be deadly, one doctor argues

December 21, 2018

In today's Google-savvy society, patients often turn to the internet for answers to their health care questions, but "medical lies tend to spread further than truths on the internet—and they have very real repercussions," according to Haider Warraich, a fellow in heart failure and transplantation at Duke University Medical Center.

How hospitals can bring you closer to loved ones (and why that's so important)

December 21, 2018

Few people would choose to spend Christmas week away from their families and in a hospital, but "for all its pain and misery," the hospital "often imposes a kind of downtime that creates a space for the reflection we forgo in our daily lives," according to Dhruv Khullar, a physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Veterans still face long wait times as costs for VCP soar, investigation finds

December 20, 2018

Veterans Affairs (VA) four years ago launched the VA Choice Program to expand veterans' access to private health care providers and cut down appointment wait times, but VA claims data show veterans continue to experience long wait times, a ProPublica/PolitiFact investigation finds.

The 5 things this reporter learned about hospital pricing after reviewing 1,182 ED bills

December 20, 2018

Over the past year, Vox reporter Sarah Kliff has read 1,182 emergency department (ED) bills as part of a project to examine ED prices, and she offers five key takeaways on what she has learned about ED billing in the United States.

The evidence-backed way to cut harmful medical errors by nearly 40%

December 20, 2018

Hospital rounds often are viewed as a provider activity, but getting patients and their families involved in the conversations can increase communication and significantly reduce harmful medical errors, according to a new study.

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