• Specialty pharmacy settles kickback allegations for $20M

    A Delaware specialty pharmacy and its CEO agreed to pay $20 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the company of a kickback scheme, according to the Justice Department.
  • FDA aims to regulate swath of lab tests

    Currently, laboratory-developed tests — the basis for 70 percent of medical decisions made in the U.S. — don't require FDA clearance. That could change in the next several years if a proposed rule to phase in more regulation of lab tests is finalized. 
  • North Dakota hospital faces retaliation lawsuit from EEOC

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center in Elgin, N.D., accusing the critical access hospital of illegally discharging an African American employee after she reported racial harassment.
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  • Texas woman pleads not guilty in nurse impostor case

    A 35-year-old Texas woman pleaded not guilty to the allegations that she impersonated a nurse for three years, the Laredo Morning Times reported Sept. 30.
  • Employees stabbed at New York hospital: Police

    Two employees at Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., were stabbed by a patient Oct. 1, according to police.
  • New York system faces lawsuit over patient sexual assault cases

    A new lawsuit against New York City-based NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center alleges the system covered up years of abuse by urologist Darius Paduch, MD, Fox News reported Sept. 29.
  • Arkansas hospital worker choked by assailant while on shift

    A healthcare worker at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark., was choked by an individual in the hospital Sept. 23, a spokesperson from the medical center confirmed to Becker's.
  • Missouri denies hospital's request to build $37M ER hospital

    Missouri denied the certificate of need application for Centerpoint Medical Center of Independence to build a $37 million three-bed emergency hospital, The Landmark reported Sept. 29.
  • Hospice medical director gets prison for role in $150M fraud scheme

    The former medical director of a Texas hospice company was sentenced to 50 months in prison for his role in a scheme that submitted more than $150 million in false claims to Medicare. 
  • 4 sentenced in nurse degree sham; more await sentencing

    Four individuals in South Florida have been sentenced to prison for their role in a coordinated scheme to sell more than 7,600 fraudulent diplomas and transcripts to aspiring nurses, which enabled them to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination without completing the necessary coursework. 
  • Husband-wife duo sentenced for healthcare fraud scheme

    An Ohio woman, who falsely represented herself as a physician, and her physician husband were sentenced for a healthcare scheme which led some patients to believe they had cognitive diseases.
  • Man with gun arrested at Vanderbilt's children's hospital

    A man in possession of a loaded handgun was arrested Sept. 27 at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, NBC affiliate WSMV reported. 
  • Woman pleads guilty to bomb hoax at Boston hospital

    A Massachusetts woman pleaded guilty to calling in a hoax bomb threat against Boston Children's Hospital.
  • Local pharmacies sue CVS and its PBM

    A proposed class-action lawsuit was filed Sept. 26 against CVS Health and CVS Caremark because of allegations the PBM required pharmacies to pay fees for Medicare Part D prescriptions.
  • Owner of telemedicine companies pleads guilty in $44M fraud scheme

    The owner of two telemedicine companies pleaded guilty to his role in a $44 million fraud scheme involving medically unnecessary durable medical equipment.
  • Louisiana system beats FTC's challenge over 3-hospital acquisition

    A New Orleans federal judge has ruled that LCMC Health sought the correct state approvals for its $150 million acquisition of three Tulane University hospitals from Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare in January, according to nola.com.
  • California law to protect clinicians offering out-of-state abortion care

    California clinicians who provide abortion, contraception or gender-affirming care services to out-of-state patients will be offered legal protections under a new law that takes effect in 2024. 
  • Michigan woman accused of posing as nurse indicted on 4 counts

    A grand jury indicted a Michigan woman accused of posing as a registered nurse for the third time, The Detroit News reported Sept. 27.
  • 10 recent hospital lawsuits, settlements

    From the Indiana attorney general accusing IU Health of failing to protect personal health information after physician spoke to the media about a 10-year-old patient's abortion, to fired MetroHealth CEO Akram Boutros, MD, seeking to have his successor sit for a disposition, here are 10 hospital lawsuits, settlements and legal developments Becker's reported since Sept. 15:  
  • 2 pharmacists, physician charged in $170M fraud scheme

    A physician and two pharmacists in Texas were charged in connection to a six-year, $170 million healthcare fraud case, the Justice Department said Sept. 26. 

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