A federal district court judge last week ruled HHS unlawfully cut Medicare Part B reimbursements for drugs purchased via the 340B program, siding with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and other hospital groups.
A partial government shutdown—which started Dec. 22, 2018, and affects some federal health care agencies—occurred after the House, the Senate, and President Trump could not come to an agreement on a bill to extend funding for the federal government.
At least 12 patients at NIH's hospital fell ill and three died after becoming infected with antibiotic-resistant Sphingomonas koreensis (S. koreensis) bacteria that lived in the hospital's water pipes, according to a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine.
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