• Hospital groups sue HHS to block price transparency rule

    Four organizations representing hospitals and health systems across the nation sued HHS Dec. 4, challenging a final rule that requires hospitals to disclose the rates they negotiate with insurers beginning in 2021.
  • Jury rejects Mercy physician's claims of unequal pay

    A federal jury ruled in favor of Mercy Physician Associates Nov. 13 in a wage discrimination lawsuit, rejecting allegations that a female family practice physician was paid less than her male peers for the same work, according to The National Law Review.
  • Former Iowa hospital CEO given suspended sentence for theft charges

    A judge handed down a suspended prison sentence Dec. 3 to Lon Butikofer, PhD, RN, the former CEO of Regional Medical Center in Manchester, Iowa, who pleaded guilty to first-degree theft in October, according to local radio station KMCH.
  • Thefts target providers in Ohio, Indiana

    Kettering Health Network police believe thefts occurring at hospitals and physician practices in Ohio and Indiana may be related, local Ohio news station WHIOTV 7 reports.
  • FBI investigating New Jersey hospital tied to transplant scandal

    The FBI is investigating whether Newark (N.J.) Beth Israel Medical Center attempted to defraud federal insurers through its organ transplant program, according to ProPublica.
  • Mismanagement of medical records attributed to 22 migrant deaths, lawsuit claims

    Software malfunctions and misuse of medical technology have resulted in the deaths of 22 detainees in Immigration and Customs Enforcement between 2013 and 2018, according to a Dec. 1 Politico report.
  • Seattle Children's to face another mold lawsuit

    Seattle Children's Hospital will face another lawsuit over the series of patient infections and deaths linked to Aspergillus mold in its operating rooms, according to KIRO 7.  
  • Boston Heart to pay $26M to resolve kickback allegations

    Boston Heart, a clinical diagnostics company, will pay $26.67 million to resolve whistleblower allegations  of kickbacks to physicians, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. 
  • UPMC Susquehanna says employee wrongly viewed patient record

    Williamsport, Pa.-based UPMC Susquehanna's privacy chief David Samar confirmed that an employee had improperly viewed the protected health information of a coworker, according to Pennlive.com.
  • California surgeon gets prison time for role in $580M billing fraud scheme

    An orthopedic surgeon was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Nov. 22 for his role in a healthcare fraud scheme that resulted in the submission of more than $580 million in fraudulent claims, mostly to California's worker compensation system, according to the Department of Justice.
  • 9 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From more than 600 hospitals suing HHS over Medicare payment cuts to a former executive suing Novant Health for "reverse discrimination," here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.
  • Former UMMS board member faces up to 35 years in prison for fraud scheme

    Catherine Pugh, former Baltimore mayor and University of Maryland Medical System board member, pleaded guilty Nov. 20 to four of 11 charges related to a children's book fraud scheme, according to the Justice Department.   
  • Florida healthcare mogul must pay $44M in massive Medicare fraud case, court rules

    A federal judge has ordered Philip Esformes, a Florida healthcare executive sentenced to 20 years in prison in a $1.3 billion Medicare fraud case, to pay $44.2 million in forfeiture and restitution, according to Law360.
  • DC hospital allegedly fired director of nursing for reporting unlawful billing

    The former director of nursing for emergency and trauma services at Washington, D.C.-based Howard University Hospital filed a lawsuit Nov. 8 alleging she was fired for reporting unlawful billing practices, according to Legal Newsline.
  • Former exec sues Novant Health for 'reverse discrimination'

    A former Novant Health executive is suing the health system for wrongful termination and discrimination — he says he was fired to help the organization reach diversity goals, reports The Charlotte Observer.
  • 10 specialties with the most lawsuits

    Surgeons, both general and specialized, are among physician specialists who are most likely to face malpractice lawsuits, according to an analysis by Medscape.
  • Hospital billing fraud: 7 latest settlements

    Here are seven healthcare organizations that entered into settlements to resolve billing fraud allegations in the past two months:
  • Former UMMS board member indicted in fraud scheme

    Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who served on the board of University of Maryland Medical System for 18 years, was indicted on charges of wire fraud and tax evasion related to a children's book scandal that involved the Baltimore-based health system and Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente, a local CBS affiliate reports.
  • Cleaning staff at Maine hospital had access to patient records

    A CMS investigation at Northern Light Blue Hill (Maine) Hospital failed to keep some medical records secure, properly sanitize dishes and maintain its fire suppression system, according to the Bangor Daily News.
  • Neurosurgeon hit with false claims complaint after Sanford's $20M settlement

    The federal government has filed a False Claims Act complaint against Wilson Asfora, MD, and two medical device distributorships owned and operated by Dr. Asfora, according to the Department of Justice.

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