News bites: NIH death probe requested

Public Citizen seeks an investigation into the deaths of two people who received platelet transfusions contaminated with bacteria at the National Institutes of Health's research hospital, The Washington Post reports.

HHS is eyeing reimbursement hikes to stem drug shortages, Inside Health Policy reports.

USA Today examines prescription-drug monitoring programs across the country.

More blood clots are seen with newer birth control pills, MedPage Today reports.

The Medical Group Management Association and American College of Medical Practice Executives are merging, effective Jan. 1, 2012.