Under Illinois bill, religiously affiliated hospitals would have to provide referrals for abortions

The Illinois Senate has approved a bill that would require medical providers who choose not to perform a procedure such as abortion to transfer or refer patients to another facility if they request it, according to a PregnancyHelpNews report published on LifeNews.com.  By Kelly Gooch -

23 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From the U.S. Supreme Court issuing a key decision on False Claims Act liability to a federal jury convicting a former health clinic CEO of diverting $14 million in federal funding to private companies, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.  By Ayla Ellison -

Pacifica Hospital to pay $1M settlement for patient dumping

Pacifica Hospital of the Valley has agreed to pay $1 million to resolve allegations that the Sun Valley, Calif.-based hospital failed to follow homeless patient discharge protocols when it sent a patient by taxi to a nursing home, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.  By Ayla Ellison -

Wisconsin physician charged with drug trafficking for overprescribing opioids

A federal grand jury has charged an anesthesiologist in Manitowoc, Wis., with 19 counts of drug trafficking, according to a WBAY report. By Heather Punke -

4 questions with a healthcare lawyer on the government's 301-fraudster takedown

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force set a new record this week for the largest takedown against medical professionals attempting to defraud Medicare.  By Morgan Haefner and Mackenzie Bean -

Amid gun control debate, Ga. appeals court hears challenge to contested 'docs vs. glocks' law

A federal appeals court in Atlanta heard arguments Tuesday in a case challenging a Florida law that prohibits physicians from asking and recording information about their patients' gun ownership. If the law is upheld, the decision could influence whether Georgia would adopt similar measures, according to a WABE report. By Tamara Rosin -

Teva settles patent litigation with AstraZeneca

Teva Pharmaceuticals, based in Jerusalem, has settled patent litigation with London-based AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals over the drug Byetta.  By Mackenzie Bean -

Chicago home healthcare industry has major fraud trouble

The HHS Office of Inspector General issued a data brief Wednesday outlining fraud problems in the home healthcare industry, identifying Chicago as a top "hotspot" for home healthcare fraud.   By Morgan Haefner -

Advocate-NorthShore request expedited appeal in merger case

Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care and Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem have asked a federal appeals court to speed up the process of hearing arguments from federal antitrust regulators who are determined to stop the two Chicagoland systems from merging.  By Ayla Ellison -

UW Medicine hospital broke charity care law, class-action suit claims

A class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of two low-income men alleges Northwest Hospital & Medical Center in Seattle fails to properly screen patients for charity care in violation of the Washington state Charity Care Act, according to The Seattle Times.  By Ayla Ellison -

UPMC, Allegheny Health fined for improper medical waste disposal

Pittsburgh-based UPMC and Allegheny Health Network were recently fined $451,000 and $86,900, respectively, for illegal disposal of medical waste, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  By Ayla Ellison -

Wash. public hospitals with maternal services must offer abortions, judge rules

A Washington state judge ruled Tuesday that public hospitals are required to provide on-site abortions if they offer maternity services, according to a report from The Seattle Times.   By Emily Rappleye -

Louisiana hospital board chairman arrested on counts of conspiracy, filing false records

Board chairman of the Luling, La.-based St. Charles Parish Hospital was arrested Monday on four counts of filing false public records and four counts of conspiracy to file false records, according to the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office.    By Emily Rappleye -

301 individuals charged in $900M Medicare fraud crackdown

The Medicare Fraud Strike Force set a new record this year for the largest takedown against medical professionals attempting to defraud Medicare, according to the Department of Justice.    By Emily Rappleye -

Obama health officials uphold California's required abortion coverage

HHS' Office of Civil Rights sustained California's 2014 requirement for insurers to cover elective abortions Tuesday, rejecting a challenge from religious groups that claimed the state was breaking federal law, according to the Los Angles Times.  By Morgan Haefner -

Device maker Analogic to pay $15M for bribery violations

Analogic and its Danish subsidiary BK Medical will pay nearly $15 million to settle foreign bribery charges levied against the Peabody, Mass.-based device maker, according to The Wall Street Journal.  By Mackenzie Bean -

Jury awards former Covenant Medical Center employee $500k for wrongful termination

A federal jury awarded more than $500,000 to a former Covenant Medical Center employee June 17, finding that her termination from the Saginaw, Mich.-based hospital was retaliation for taking medical leave, according to MLive.  By Ayla Ellison -

CEO of NYC clinic arrested for $5M Medicaid fraud scheme

The CEO of a purportedly nonprofit New York City healthcare provider, Assistance By Improv II, was arrested Monday for a $5 million Medicaid fraud scheme, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a release.  By Morgan Haefner -

Physician suing Charleston hospital for harassment that allegedly shuttered her practice

An Ob-GYN is suing Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center and West Virginia University Medical Corporation-Charleston Division for claims that harassment and discrimination forced her to close her local practice, according to a report from the West Virginia Record.  By Emily Rappleye -

Supreme Court decision deals blow to pharma, but a win for generic drugmakers

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld changes Monday made by the Obama administration to patent law, which brand name drugmakers say have dire consequences for the pharmaceutical industry. They argue the changes "breed uncertainty and stifle innovation" in American medicine, while generic drug companies say the changes will help control drug prices, according to a report from STAT. By Tamara Rosin -

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