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    A jury recently convicted the former CEO of a medical device company in connection to the company's creation and sale of a dummy medical device part that was implanted in patients, the Justice Department said March 6. 
  • Teen sentenced to 8 years for carjacking outside HSHS hospital

    Chloe Zellner, 18, has been sentenced to eight years in prison for carjacking and assaulting a nurse outside of a Wisconsin hospital, WTAQ reported March 6. 
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    A Washington state county court on Feb. 28 dismissed a lawsuit filed against UW Medicine, which accused the Seattle-based system of losing a patient's tumor before it could be tested for cancer. 
  • Law firm reviewing 50+ cases against Oregon hospital facing drug diversion probe

    An Oregon law firm is reviewing 58 cases involving claims of infection at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford, 34 of which involve wrongful death, according to a March 5 report from ABC affiliate KDRV. 
  • Former nurse sues PeaceHealth over alleged unpaid meal breaks

    A nurse filed a lawsuit against her former employer, PeaceHealth, alleging the Vancouver, Wash.-based system failed to provide 30-minute meal breaks because of understaffing, The Columbian reported March 5. 
  • Husband, wife sentenced for $125M fraud scheme

    A Florida man and woman were each sentenced to 27 months in prison for their roles in a scheme that submitted $125 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare and Tricare.
  • Medical Properties Trust report sparks SEC inquiry possibility

    A recent report from Birmingham, Ala.-based Medical Properties Trust, the largest hospital landlord in the U.S., touched on the possibility of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission activity and government investigations regarding some of MPT's assets and tenants.
  • NP arrested for prescribing thousands of pills while unemployed

    A nurse practitioner is accused of writing fake prescriptions for thousands of oxycodone pills while unemployed, TribLive reported March. 4.
  • 6 patients accuse Sutter Health technician of sexual assault

    Six women who received ultrasounds between 2020 and 2022 at Sutter Health's Memorial Hospital in Los Banos, Calif., allege an ultrasound technician sexually assaulted them. Despite complaints and two police investigations, the technician remained employed, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Connecticut awarded $5M prejudgment remedy from defunct nursing school

    Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced March 4 that the state has been granted a $5 million prejudgment remedy in its lawsuit against the owners of Stone Academy, after its abrupt closure without warning in February 2023.
  • Steward Florida hospitals hit with lawsuits

    As Dallas-based Steward Health Care's financial troubles rage on at its hospitals in states like Massachusetts and Utah, the health system is now facing lawsuits pertaining to some of its Florida hospitals, Florida Today reported March 3.
  • 6 workers assaulted at New York hospital: Police

    Police said they have arrested a man following the assault of six workers at New York City-based Richmond University Medical Center.
  • Boston federal hearing set over for-profit companies in healthcare

    A federal hearing is being held in Boston on April 3 to look into for-profit companies' roles in the U.S. healthcare system amid Dallas-based Steward Health Care's ongoing financial troubles in states like Massachusetts. 
  • TikTokers stealing clinicians' identities to promote supplements

    Dozens of TikTok accounts are using social media photos from real physicians, nurses and dental clinicians to promote a range of supplements and unchecked health claims — with few people policing them, Forbes reported March 4.
  • Judge dismisses NYU Langone's trademark lawsuit against Northwell

    A federal judge on March 1 dismissed a trademark lawsuit brought by New York City-based NYU Langone Health System and NYU Langone Hospitals against New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health regarding the use of the color purple and other elements in Northwell's marketing and advertisements, according to court documents shared with Becker's. 
  • Delayed ED care led to Mercy patient's death, lawsuit claims

    The family of a man who died at Mercy Hospital Springfield (Mo.) filed a lawsuit against the hospital Feb. 29, claiming delayed care and negligence contributed to his death, NBC affiliate KYTV reported. 
  • 10 recent hospital lawsuits, settlements

    From a Wisconsin judge denying a temporary injunction to delay the close of two Hospital Sisters Health System-owned hospitals to a Waterbury Hospital alleging she was fired for her age, here are 10 lawsuits, settlements and legal developments Becker's has reported since Feb. 22: 
  • Pharmacy CEO sentenced for lying about $40M fraud scheme

    The former CEO and president of a compounding pharmacy in Florida was sentenced to six months in prison for lying to federal agents during a healthcare fraud scheme investigation. 
  • For $1.5M, CVS settles Ohio understaffing cases

    On Feb. 29, Ohio and CVS settled 27 pending cases that alleged the pharmacy chain understaffed its stores, leading to prescription delays and dispensing errors. 

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