• Hospitals sue HHS over Medicare billing calculation

    Cleveland Clinic is among more than 125 hospitals and health systems suing HHS regarding the calculation of payments owed under Medicare Part A bills and the disproportionate share hospital payment adjustment, Law Street Media reported April 21. 
  • Former UK HealthCare CFO awarded $1.75M in wrongful termination suit

    The former CFO of UK HealthCare in Lexington, Ky., was awarded $1.75 million by a jury April 20 in a wrongful termination lawsuit, according to the Lexington Herald Leader.
  • New York physician indicted in $10M telemedicine fraud scheme

    A New York orthopedic surgeon is facing federal charges for his alleged role in a fraud scheme involving the submission of false claims to Medicare and Medicare Part D plans, the U.S. Justice Department said April 21.
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  • 9 recent hospital lawsuits, settlements

    From health systems settling false claims allegations to a hospital sued over its debt collection practices, here are the latest hospital lawsuits and settlements making headlines. 
  • 21 charged in $149M COVID-19 fraud schemes: Justice Department

    The Justice Department criminally charged 21 people, including physicians, a director of pharmacy and executives of medical clinics, for their alleged participation in scams that exploited COVID-19 and resulted in millions of dollars of fraudulent billings, according to an April 20 news release.
  • HHS to revoke healthcare worker 'conscience' rule 

    HHS is planning to change a "conscience" rule, enacted during the Trump administration, that allows healthcare workers to refuse service that conflicts with their moral or religious beliefs, reported Politico April 19. 
  • Jury acquits Ohio physician accused of 14 patient deaths

    William Husel, a former physician at Columbus, Ohio-based Mount Carmel Health System, has been found not guilty of murder in a case where he was accused of prescribing excessive painkiller doses to accelerate the death of critically ill patients, NBC News reported April 20. 
  • Healthcare billing fraud: 11 cases

    From an Alabama physician pleading guilty to submitting $28 million in improper bills to the Justice Department intervening in an $800 million fraud case against Memphis, Tenn.-based Methodist Le Bonheur, here are 11 healthcare billing fraud cases that made headlines in the last month:
  • Former hospital director accuses WVU Medicine affiliate of compromising patient safety

    A former director at West Virginia University Medicine affiliate Princeton Community Hospital is accusing the healthcare institution of violating patient safety and age discrimination laws.
  • US probing coronavirus aid paid to closed Rennova Health hospital

    West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Rennova Health is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department about money it received from HHS provider relief funds and the Paycheck Protection Program for a shuttered Tennessee hospital, according to a recent financial filing.
  • Jury deadlocked in murder trial of Ohio physician

    Jurors deliberating in the trial of William Husel, MD, a physician facing murder charges for the deaths of 14 hospital patients, said they have hit an impasse and could not reach a verdict April 18, according to CBS News.
  • DaVita, ex-CEO acquitted in antitrust case

    Kent Thiry, former CEO of dialysis giant DaVita, and the company were found not guilty in an antitrust case April 15, reported the Colorado Sun. 
  • Healthcare staffing firm owner convicted of obstructing FTC wage-fixing investigation

    The former owner of a Texas healthcare staffing firm was convicted April 14 of obstructing the Federal Trade Commission's investigation into wage fixing, according to the Justice Department. 
  • 11 recent healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From the Justice Department accusing a Tennessee health system of fraud to a Washington health system agreeing to pay $22.7 million to resolve false claims allegations, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.  
  • U of Central Florida graduate sues medical center for residency match mix-up 

    An Orlando-based University of Central Florida medical school graduate is suing Orlando Regional Medical Center for "false and defamatory statements" that hurt her chances of obtaining an emergency medicine residency, The Orlando Sentinel reported April 15. 
  • Tech attacked, burned by travel nurse sues Hackensack

    A hospital technician who was attacked and critically burned by a traveling nurse in February at Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center has sued the organization.
  • New Jersey hospital sued over debt collection practices

    A proposed class-action lawsuit was brought against Ridgewood, N.J-based The Valley Hospital over alleged HIPAA violations during the debt collection process and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act violations, according to Law Street Media. 
  • Physician Partners of America paying $24.5M to settle fraud, kickback charges 

    Tampa, Fla.-based Physician Partners of America will pay $24.5 million to settle several allegations, including that it violated the False Claims Act and made a false statement to obtain a loan through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. 
  • Justice Department backs $800M fraud claim against Tennessee health system

    The Justice Department on April 11 filed a complaint in intervention alleging Memphis-based Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare violated the False Claims Act and the Anti-Kickback Statute. 
  • 34 urban hospitals win challenge to Medicare rate formula change

    A Medicare payment formula change enacted in fiscal year 2020 unlawfully lowered reimbursements for 34 urban hospitals, a federal district court ruled April 8. 

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