• 10 recent hospital lawsuits, settlements

    From Prisma Health asking a judge to reconsider its request for a restraining order against UnitedHealthcare, to a New Hampshire hospital suing CMS and others regarding alleged Medicaid overpayments, here are 10 hospital lawsuits, settlements and legal developments Becker's has reported since Oct. 23: 
  • Johns Hopkins patient's death ruled a homicide

    The death of a patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital in January has been ruled a homicide, CBS News Baltimore reported Nov. 2.
  • Inmate escapes Arkansas hospital

    An Arkansas inmate escaped during a visit to Paragould-based Arkansas Methodist Medical Center on Nov. 2, according to a Greene County Sheriff's Department Facebook post.
  • Tips on strengthening vendor risk management for healthcare compliance

    Your organization may be putting protected health information at risk. Learn how to effectively manage vendor risk here.
  • Indiana system earmarks $75M for potential settlement with former CFO

    Indianapolis-based Community Health Network has set aside $75 million for a potential settlement agreement with the Justice Department and a former CFO who filed a whistleblower suit against the system almost 10 years ago, Inside Indiana Business reported Nov. 2. 
  • Pennsylvania nurse charged with 17 more attempted patient murders

    A former Pennsylvania nurse who was accused of murdering three patients has been charged with attempting to kill 17 additional patients at five nursing home facilities starting in 2020.
  • Former employees testify against shuttered Connecticut nursing school

    For the first time since its doors closed in February, former employees of a shuttered, for-profit Connecticut nursing school testified against its owner, Joseph Bierbaum during a Nov. 1 prejudgment remedy hearing, ABC affiliate WTNH reported.
  • New Hampshire hospital sues CMS, HHS over alleged $8M Medicaid overpayment

    Concord (N.H.) Hospital is suing a number of medical authorities, including CMS, regarding $8 million in alleged overpayment of Medicaid uncompensated care funds, according to a Nov. 2 NH Business Review report.
  • Montana hospital accused of 'systematic neglect' after 2 patient deaths

    Warm Springs-based Montana State Hospital is being sued over alleged neglect that contributed to the deaths of two patients, Montana Free Press reported Nov. 1.
  • Visiting nurse found dead in patient's home

    A Connecticut home visit nurse was killed Oct. 28 in the home of a patient she was caring for and later discovered in the basement, the CT Mirror reported Nov. 1.
  • Patient sues Oregon system over prescription delay, negligence

    A woman is suing Bend, Ore.-based St. Charles Health System after a medication delay that allegedly caused her to experience a stroke in late 2021, according to court documents obtained by the Bend Bulletin. 
  • Shuttered California hospital had history of patient safety issues

    Madera (Calif.) Community Hospital was fined and reprimanded for numerous state and federal health and safety violations before its closure in December 2022. Between 2016 and 2022, the hospital was hit with at least six immediate jeopardy warnings from state regulators, according to inspection reports reviewed by The Fresno Bee. 
  • HCA violated terms of Mission purchase agreement, North Carolina AG alleges

    The North Carolina attorney general's office could sue HCA Healthcare for an alleged violation of the 2019 asset purchase agreement to acquire Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health, according to a formal notice of breach sent Oct. 31 to Dogwood Health Trust. 
  • CUNY halts professor's Alzheimer's drug research amid investigation

    After suspecting manipulated results in clinical trials for simufilam, an Alzheimer's drug, by Hoau-Yan Wang, PhD, a neuroscience professor at the City College of New York, the City University of New York announced Oct. 27 it is conducting an investigation into the professor's research process. While that investigation is ongoing, the investigation into Dr. Wang’s research is on hold, a spokesperson confirmed to Becker's.
  • Drugmaker, CEO agree to pay up to $50M in false claims suit

    Nostrum Laboratories and its founder and CEO, Nirmal Mulye, PhD, agreed to pay between $3.8 million and $50 million to settle allegations of underpaying Medicaid rebates. 
  • California's yearslong fight for universal healthcare

    California's recent push for universal healthcare coverage has been a long time in the making. 
  • Justice Department puts healthcare consolidation on notice

    A Justice Department antitrust division leader is telling payers and providers they should expect close scrutiny of any acquisitions, Politico reported Oct. 27.  
  • Healthcare billing fraud: 10 recent cases

    From the arrest of the former leader of Arkansas' medical board, to a former executive of HealthSun Health Plans accused of orchestrating a multimillion-dollar scheme, here are 10 healthcare fraud cases Becker's has reported since Oct. 10: 
  • Court upholds nurse aid's 65-year sentence

    The Ohio Supreme Court upheld a 65-year prison term on a former nurse's aide who pleaded guilty to stealing valuables from dozens nursing homes, The Columbus Dispatch reported Oct. 25.
  • Feds float No Surprises Act changes

    Federal officials issued proposed changes to the No Surprises Act's independent dispute resolution process in an Oct. 27 news release. They said those changes, if finalized, will improve communication between payers providers and certified IDR entities, create a more efficient dispute resolution process and change the administrative fee structure to improve accessibility. 
  • UMass Memorial sues Steward hospital over nonpayment

    UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Memorial Medical Group have filed a lawsuit against Boston-based St. Elizabeth's Medical Center for alleged nonpayment of oncology services, the Worcester Business Journal reported Oct. 27.

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