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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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'Kids Love To Be Scared': Louis Sachar On Balancing Fun And Fear

The award-winning author of Holes has just published a new novel for young readers, called Fuzzy Mud. It mixes middle-school social puzzles with a more sinister mystery: a rogue biotech threat.
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Confronting A Shortage Of Eggs, Bakers Get Creative With Replacements

Eggs are becoming more expensive and scarce recently because so many chickens have died from avian flu. So bakers, in particular, are looking for cheaper ingredients that can work just as well.
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Jon Stewart's Private White House Meetings

Comedian Jon Stewart was called to the White House on at least two occasions for private meetings with President Obama, according to Politico. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with reporter Darren Samuelsohn.
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An App Tells Painful Stories Of Slaves At Monticello's Mulberry Row

A new app uses geolocation to bring to life a lesser-known section of Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate — Mulberry Row, which was the bustling enclave of skilled slaves who worked at Monticello.

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