• Man admits to stealing $8M in HIV meds from VA hospital

    A New Jersey man pleaded guilty to being involved in stealing more than $8.2 million worth of prescription HIV medication from East Orange (N.J.) VA Medical Center, the Department of Justice said Aug. 10.
  • HCA hit with antitrust lawsuit

    A group of Western North Carolina residents has filed a class-action antitrust lawsuit alleging that Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare engaged in anticompetitive tactics that resulted in higher prices and lower quality care for patients.
  • Former federal official settles whistleblower complaint with HHS

    Rick Bright, PhD, the former director of an HHS agency who claimed the Trump administration retaliated against him by ousting him from his government role, has settled his whistleblower suit against HHS.
  • Senate probing PE ownership of Kindred at Home

    The Senate Finance Committee has launched an investigation to better understand how private equity ownership is influencing the operations of Kindred at Home.
  • California hospital to pay $11.4M, settle whistleblower allegations

    San Mateo (Calif.) Medical Center will pay $11.4 million to resolve allegations of improperly submitting claims for inpatient admissions, the U.S. Justice Department said Aug. 6.
  • 6 latest hospital lawsuits, settlements

    From a Michigan health system facing antitrust claims to a Pennsylvania health system suing a property insurer over losses tied to the COVID-19 pandemic, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines. 
  • Ascension Michigan settles with feds over alleged unnecessary chemo, hysterectomies

    Ascension Michigan has agreed to pay the federal government $2.8 million to resolve false claims allegations, the U.S. Justice Department announced Aug. 5. 
  • Cardiologist gets 6.5 years in prison for 'fountain of youth' billing scam

    A cardiologist was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison Aug. 5 for his role in a fraud scheme involving more than $13 million in false insurance claims, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Michigan health system faces antitrust suit over alleged 'no poach' deal

    Munson Healthcare and an anesthesiology practice in Michigan were hit with a federal antitrust lawsuit Aug. 2 over an alleged "no poach" agreement. 
  • Trump-commuted healthcare executive inks settlement with feds

    The former CEO of a pain clinic chain has agreed to permanent exclusion from Medicare and other federal programs as part of a settlement to resolve a civil lawsuit alleging he submitted false claims to the government, the U.S. Justice Department announced Aug. 3. 
  • Judge decertifies class in suit against UnitedHealth subsidiaries alleging underpayment of consultants

    A Minnesota federal judge on Aug. 2 decertified a class-action lawsuit against two UnitedHealth Group subsidiaries, Optum and The Advisory Board, that alleged that the companies misclassified independent contractors and underpaid them.
  • U of Chicago Medical Center defeats debt fraud suit

    An Illinois district judge has dismissed a whistleblower lawsuit accusing University of Chicago Medical Center, Medical Business Office and Trustmark Recovery Services of improperly billing the Medicare program for debt collection services.
  • 10 latest hospital lawsuits, settlements

    From the Department of Justice intervening in false claims lawsuits against Kaiser Permanente to Prime Healthcare Services agreeing to settle kickback allegations, here are the latest hospital lawsuits and settlements making headlines. 
  • NPs get prison time for telemedicine fraud

    Two nurse practitioners have been sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution for conspiring to defraud Medicare, the U.S. Justice Department announced July 30. 
  • Illinois hospitals sued over plan to create 4-hospital system

    An outpatient surgery center in Illinois is suing to block Carbondale, Ill.-based Southern Illinois Hospital Services from acquiring Harrisburg (Ill.) Medical Center. 
  • DOJ joins false claims lawsuits against Kaiser

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced July 30 that it intervened in six False Claims Act complaints alleging Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and other affiliates of Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente submitted inaccurate diagnosis codes for its Medicare Advantage members to receive higher reimbursements. 
  • Florida practice settles nurse retaliation lawsuit for $50K

    A pediatric medical practice in Florida will pay $50,000 to settle a retaliation discrimination suit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a former nurse at the practice. 
  • Pfizer suit could allow companies to cover patient Medicare copays, presenting 'gold rush' opportunity

    Pfizer is championing a lawsuit against the federal government that would essentially legalize reimbursing Medicare members for out-of-pocket medication costs — a practice the federal government alleged amounts to paying kickbacks.
  • 14 hospitals, systems sue HHS over graduate medical education payments

    A group of 14 hospitals and health systems, including Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor and Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, is suing HHS over a calculation used to determine payments for physician training programs, according to court documents.
  • Florida physician sentenced in $20M healthcare fraud scheme

    A physician in Florida was sentenced July 26 to six years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, according to the Department of Justice. 

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