FBI investigates patient suicide at Long Island VA

A 76-year-old veteran who had been a patient at Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Long Island committed suicide in the hospital's parking lot Sunday, according to The New York Times.  By Ayla Ellison -

New York X-ray tech fired from hospital, arrested for sexually assaulting patients

Larry Jones, a 65-year-old X-ray technician formerly with King's County Hospital in New York, has been terminated from his position and arrested for the alleged sexual assault of two female patients on separate occasions during the same day, according to News 12 Brooklyn.  By Brian Zimmerman -

Former Sacred Heart executive gets 1-year prison term

Anthony Puorro, former COO of now-shuttered Sacred Heart Hospital in Chicago, was sentenced Wednesday to one year in prison, according to the Chicago Tribune.  By Ayla Ellison -

Mount Sinai hospitals to pay $2.9M to settle false claims case

Three hospitals that are part of New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System have agreed to pay a total of $2.95 million for delaying repayment of more than $800,000 in Medicaid overpayments, according to the Department of Justice.  By Ayla Ellison -

SC Supreme court declines to rule on Greenville Health System's switch to partially private hospital

The Supreme Court of South Carolina said it will not issue a declaratory ruling on Greenville (S.C.) Health's System's business plans as it transitions to a partially private hospital, according to the Upstate Business Journal.  By Alyssa Rege -

Providence Health and Services hit with lawsuit over child rape allegations

The mother of a 15-year-old psychiatric patient filed a lawsuit against Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health and Services claiming the health system should have done more to prevent a nurse from engaging in a sexual relationship with her underage son, according to The Olympian.  By Alyssa Rege -

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Arizona abortion restriction

A federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed against the state of Arizona by Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers that challenged a controversial 2015 statute requiring physicians to inform women that a drug-induced abortion could be reversed, according to the Arizona Daily Star.  By Alyssa Rege -

Turing executive accuses company officials of retaliating after sexual assault complaint

Nancy Retzlaff, chief commercial officer at New York-based Turing Pharmaceuticals, has filed a federal complaint against the company, claiming she was sexually assaulted by one of Turing's founders and then retaliated against by company leaders, according to The New York Times.  By Alyssa Rege -

Former CEO of West Virginia hospital sued for defamation

A physician has sued Bluefield (W.Va.) Regional Medical Center and former hospital CEO Gigi Fergus for defamation, according to the West Virginia Record.   By Ayla Ellison -

Federal judge orders Walker County to pay Erlanger $8.7M in hospital loan dispute

U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy has ordered Walker County, Ga., to pay Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Erlanger Health System $8.7 million in a lawsuit over a $20 million loan Erlanger made to a Georgia hospital, according to the Times Free Press.   By Ayla Ellison -

5 states sue over Obama administration transgender health policy

Texas and four other Republican-led states sued the federal government Tuesday over extending its healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals, according to a Reuters report.  By Kelly Gooch -

NH officials will investigate patient death under Joint Commission policy

State officials will investigate the case of a patient who leaped to her death hours after her discharge from Concord-based New Hampshire Hospital, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.  By Alyssa Rege -

2 Florida companies to pay $17M for erectile dysfunction billing and marketing scheme

Two Florida companies were ordered to pay $17 million over allegations they deceptively marketed and billed for medications and services relating to the treatment of erectile dysfunction at an unlicensed medical clinic in Framingham, Mass.  By Kelly Gooch -

Calif. hospital to pay 3 former employees $1.7M in harassment suit

Community Hospital of Long Beach (Calif.) and the former manager of the hospital's psychiatric unit have been ordered to pay $1.7 million to three ex-employees who alleged they were subjected to sexual harassment and discrimination, according to the Long Beach Patch.  By Ayla Ellison -

Indiana health center will pay $190k to settle whistle-blower suit

Madison County Community Health Center in Anderson, Ind., has agreed to pay $190,000 to resolve allegations the center operated as a "pill mill," according to The Herald Bulletin.  By Ayla Ellison -

Orlando Health employee went through personal information of Pulse survivors, hospital says

Orlando (Fla.) Health claims at least one of its employees violated the law and sifted through the personal information of at least two survivors from the Pulse nightclub shooting in June, according to WFTV.  By Alyssa Rege -

Judge denies Cabell Huntington Hospital's motion to dismiss appeal

A Kanawha County Circuit Court judge denied Cabell Huntington (W. Va.) Hospital's motion to dismiss Steel of West Virginia's appeal of the hospital's agreement to acquire Huntington, W. Va.-based St. Mary's Medical Center, according to The Herald-Dispatch.  By Alyssa Rege -

Memphis counseling service billed $300k in fraudulent services

The owner of the Memphis-based Rainbow Center for Children and Adolescents pleaded guilty to one count of healthcare fraud after billing the state Medicaid program more than $300,000, according to the Greenville Sun.  By Alyssa Rege -

Palmetto Health to fight $50M lawsuit over orthopedic practice

Cleveland-based Sisters of Charity Health System, the former owner of Providence Hospitals in Columbia, S.C., filed a $50 million lawsuit against Palmetto Health last week, alleging the system is responsible for the demise of Providence's orthopedic practice. Columbia-based Palmetto says the suit is "meritless."  By Ayla Ellison -

HealthNow to pay $1.6M settlement for improperly denying mental health claims

HealthNow, parent of BlueShield of Northeastern New York, has agreed to settle a suit claiming it wrongfully denied $1.6 million in health claims in violation of state and federal parity laws that require insurers to cover mental health services. By Brooke Murphy -

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