HCA battle over ER bills in Florida continues

A federal appeals court has revived a class-action lawsuit alleging three Florida hospitals owned by Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Holdings overcharged automobile accident victims for emergency radiological services, reports Bloomberg BNA. By Brooke Murphy -

Mission Hospital accused of religious discrimination for firing employees who refused flu vaccines

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week sued Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Hospital for allegedly violating federal religious discrimination laws by firing employees who failed to receive flu vaccinations.  By Emily Rappleye -

Whistleblower sues hospital for wrongful termination

A former employee of Princeton (W. Va.) Community Hospital has filed a lawsuit against its parent company, Princeton (N.J.) Hospital Association, alleging the hospital fired him in retaliation for whistleblowing about patient safety and fraudulent billing concerns, reports WV Record. By Brooke Murphy -

6 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a physician charged with first-degree murder to a Chicago-area health system suing to keep its reimbursement rates secret, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.  By Ayla Ellison -

Illinois physician charged with first-degree murder, denied bail reduction

Brian Burns, MD, who was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in March in connection with the slaying of his estranged wife, has been denied a bail reduction.  By Ayla Ellison -

NJ physician indicted in $1.5M Medicare fraud scheme loses license

The state of New Jersey has revoked the medical license of Amgad Hessein, MD, an anesthesiologist who submitted $1.5 million in false Medicare claims, according to NJ.com. By Erin Marshall -

State's doctors join suit over Dignity Health sterilization ban

The California Medical Association is hoping to interfere in a lawsuit concerning whether San Francisco-based Dignity Health will allow physicians in its 32 hospitals to provide tubal litigation procedures to female patients, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. By Erin Marshall -

Former UConn pharmacist faces 173 charges for forging prescriptions

Michael Olzinkski, 46, the former supervisor of UConn's Student Health Services, is facing 173 counts of forgery after an internal audit and police investigation revealed he was illegally ordering items through the pharmacy, according to the Hartford Courant.  By Ayla Ellison -

Ex-SUNY Upstate president could be prosecuted for padding his pay

The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics voted Tuesday to refer a case involving SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y., for further investigation and possible criminal prosecution, according to Politico New York.  By Ayla Ellison -

Hawaii bill prohibits insurers from discriminating based on gender identity

Hawaii lawmakers have passed a bill that bans insurance companies from discriminating against transgender patients, according to an Associated Press report published by the TimesDaily.Here are four things to know about the bill.  By Kelly Gooch -

Jackson Healthcare sends cease-and-desist warning to Georgia Senate candidate

Alpharetta, Ga.-based Jackson Healthcare, a healthcare staffing and technology company, has delivered a cease-and-desist warning to Aaron Barlow, who is running for the Georgia Senate, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  By Ayla Ellison -

Debt collector files 1,067 lawsuits against SSM Health patients

Las Vegas-based debt collector CP Medical has filed more than 1,000 lawsuits against St. Louis-based SSM Health patients, claiming they still owe money for treatment received years prior at SSM Health emergency rooms, reports St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  By Brooke Murphy -

Health First Foundation president quickly resigns after arrest in prostitution sting

Terry Mohr, president of Health First Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Rockledge, Fla.-based Health First, was arrested April 20 on charges of soliciting prostitution, according to Florida Today.  By Ayla Ellison -

Advocate Health Care sues to keep reimbursement rates secret

Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care has filed a lawsuit to block Palos Heights, Ill.-based Palos Community Hospital from gaining access to Advocate's trade secrets.  By Ayla Ellison -

Senate introduces legislation to help rural hospitals get paid

Senators introduced legislation April 21 aimed at ensuring rural and critical access hospitals are fairly reimbursed for their services by the federal government so they are able to remain open, reports News Leader. By Brooke Murphy -

Court orders VA to pay claims for emergency, out-of-network care

The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims voted Friday to strike down a VA regulation used to deny reimbursement requests from veterans who received emergency medical care outside the VA system, reports The Crescent-News. By Brooke Murphy -

AARP, Public Citizen: Medical peer review privilege should not be absolute

Two national advocacy groups filed amicus briefs in the South Dakota Supreme Court last week arguing for a crime-fraud exemption to state medical peer review laws that protect physicians from releasing peer review records in malpractice lawsuits, according to the Argus Leader.  By Emily Rappleye -

2,000 women in class-action lawsuit against Hopkins gynecologist may not receive payment: 5 things to know

Approximately 2,000 women may not receive payments as part of a class-action lawsuit because attorneys have yet to find medical records to prove they were patients of the Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins gynecologist who secretly recorded patients during exams, according to The Baltimore Sun.  By Emily Rappleye -

Okla. legislators pass bill to bar physicians who perform abortions

Physicians who perform abortions in Oklahoma are at risk of getting their medical licenses revoked, according to the Miami Herald. By Tamara Rosin -

Va. judge rules against LifePoint Health hospital in balance billing dispute

In a balance billing dispute with a patient, a judge has ordered Martinsville (Va.) Memorial Hospital accept 25 percent of its chargemaster rate as payment-in-full for care provided to a patient with coverage from a non-contracted insurer, reports Va. Lawyers Weekly. By Brooke Murphy -

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