11 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From Pittsburgh-based UPMC agreeing to pay $2.5 million to settle false claims allegations to a federal judge dismissing a whistle-blower suit against Rockledge, Fla.-based Health First, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.  By Ayla Ellison -

Portland medical clinic operators suspended in connection to 21-person painkiller conspiracy

A 39-count indictment unsealed Thursday by a U.S. District Court revealed two operators of Portland, Ore.-based Fusion Wellness Clinic and 19 others have been indicted for prescribing excessive amounts of painkillers to patients, according to The Oregonian.  By Emily Rappleye -

Alere faces DOJ probe over billing

Federal investigators subpoenaed Waltham, Mass.-based Alere, requesting more information about the diagnostic testing company's billing practices, according to the Wall Street Journal.  By Alyssa Rege -

Hospital authority attempts to void Erlanger settlement

The Hospital Authority of Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties voted to void a prior meeting where a deal was made between Catoosa County officials and Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Erlanger Health System, according to the Times Free Press.  By Alyssa Rege -

$15M in HIPAA settlements paid in first seven months of 2016

The Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights recorded nearly $15 million in settlement payments in the first seven months of 2016 regarding a range of compliance failures, according to a report by the National Law Review.  By Alyssa Rege -

Wisconsin senator probes drug overdoses at VA medical center

Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson requested information from a Milwaukee-based VA Medical Center after multiple veterans experienced drug overdoses, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  By Alyssa Rege -

UPMC to pay $2.5M to settle overbilling allegations

Pittsburgh-based UPMC and three of its affiliates have agreed to pay the federal government $2.5 million to settle false claims allegations, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -

Plaintiffs in air ambulance billing lawsuit call for class action status

Attorneys for a dozen clients in an air ambulance billing lawsuit have asked the judge to certify the lawsuit as class action, according to a KFOR report.  By Kelly Gooch -

Virginia man arrested for selling fake cancer cure for $1,200 per bottle

A Virginia man faces felony charges after authorities busted him for defrauding numerous patients by selling them an herbal mixture he claimed could cure cancer, according to The Washington Post.  By Ayla Ellison -

Bankrupt hospital owner accuses Texas tribe of violating federal labor law

Victory Parent Company in The Woodlands, Texas, has sued the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas, alleging the tribe engaged in fraud and violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, according to the Southeast Texas Record.   By Ayla Ellison -

ACLU files complaint against UW med school, state of Wisconsin over researcher's gender reassignment surgery

A transgender researcher at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wis., filed complaint against the medical school, state of Wisconsin and WPS Insurance for denying her coverage for gender reassignment surgery, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.  By Alyssa Rege -

Home health executive convicted of Medicare fraud, ordered to pay $15M

The former manager of Schaumburg, Ill.-based Suburban Home Physicians was convicted of Medicare fraud and sentenced to six years in prison, according to a Sun-Times report.  By Alyssa Rege -

Vermont physicians resist assisted suicide mandate

Two medical groups filed a lawsuit against two state medical agencies over an interpretation of a Vermont state law that allegedly requires physicians to help patients commit suicide, according the Washington Times.  By Alyssa Rege -

Federal officials investigate NYC's Mayor de Blasio in sale of Brooklyn hospital

The U.S. Attorney's Office is investigating New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in connection with the sale of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Long Island College Hospital, according to a New York Daily News report.  By Alyssa Rege -

Fla. nurse accused of assaulting patient on life support

A Florida nurse faces a misdemeanor battery charge after allegedly attacking a patient on life support, according to WFTV.  By Alyssa Rege -

11 states support FTC's challenge to Advocate-NorthShore merger

In a friend-of-the-court brief filed Friday, 11 state attorneys general backed the Federal Trade Commission's effort to block Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care and Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem's merger plans.  By Ayla Ellison -

Kosair Children's Hospital gets new name under legal settlement

A legal settlement between Kosair Charities and Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare includes a name change for Kosair Children's Hospital, according to the Courier-Journal.  By Ayla Ellison -

Federal judge dismisses whistle-blower suit against Health First

A federal judge in Florida has dismissed a whistle-blower lawsuit against Health First that accused the Rockledge, Fla.-based health system of defrauding the government by providing kickbacks to physicians for patient referrals.   By Ayla Ellison -

5 things to know about the newly signed opioid treatment law

President Barack Obama signed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act bill into law Friday by, according to a Reuters report.  By Kelly Gooch -

21 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From the Department of Justice charging three people in a $1 billion Medicare fraud scheme to an appeals court reviving an antitrust suit against Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.  By Ayla Ellison -

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