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Medicare Lawsuit Against Baltimore Hospital Dismissed

A federal judge has dismissed an $8.1 million suit against a Baltimore hospital accused of improperly billing Medicare, Medicaid and a military health benefit program, according to the Associated Press.

The lawsuit accused Kernan Hospital of manipulating a computer billing system so that it appeared patients had a severe form of malnutrition. 

The government failed to show that fraudulent diagnoses were submitted for payment, U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett said in his ruling. Prosecutors are still considering whether to appeal or file an amended complaint, Vickie LeDuc, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, told AP.

The University of Maryland Medical System, which owns the hospital, had previously said it did not agree with the government's findings and had been in discussions with prosecutors regarding how it coded patients with malnutrition.

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In Iran, A Poet's 700-Year-Old Verses Still Set Hearts Aflame

The 14th century Persian poet Hafez remains venerated in Iran, even though he wrote of wine, romance and other topics not necessarily welcome in today's Islamic Republic.
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Buy Crop Insurance, Double Your Money

The nation's crop insurance program is really a lottery, says one economist. And it's rigged so that farmers win. In fact, farmers typically get back double the money they pay for premiums.
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The Politics Hour - February 12, 2016

D.C. Council Member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood to chat about her upcoming fight for re-election.

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Do You Like Me? Swiping Leads To Spike In Online Dating For Young Adults

A study by the Pew Research Center finds the use of online dating sites has mushroomed in the past few years, particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds.

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