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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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Book Review: 'Kinder Than Solitude'

Ellah Allfrey reviews Kinder Than Solitude, by Yiyun Li.
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Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
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John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney

The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.
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When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?

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