Risk of death, hospitalization higher among depressed black heart failure patients; Oregon hospital pricing bill sees setback;

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> African-American heart failure patients suffering from depression, even moderately, have higher rates of hospitalization and mortality than their white counterparts, according to a new study in Circulation: Heart Failure. Study Abstract

> A bill that would require Oregon hospitals to give customers upfront prices missed a deadline Tuesday for all ongoing bills to clear committee, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported. Article

> Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) intervened in a legislative plan for a public-private partnership between the public Maui Regional Health Care System and the private healthcare provider Hawaii Pacific Health, saying the issue was "too important to leave to just the normal confrontation," according to The Herald. Article                                         

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> The Department of Justice has filed a False Claims Act complaint against HCR ManorCare, alleging that the home health provider "knowingly and routinely" submitted Medicare and Tricare claims for rehabilitation therapy services that were not medically necessary. Article

> A Miami woman who faced up to 25 years in prision for playing a leading role in a $40 million Medicare fraud scheme is walking free thanks to a judge's ruling that the statute of limitations on the charges had already run out. Article

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