• Baltimore hospital employees carjacked at gunpoint in 2 incidents

    Two employees of Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore were victims of two separate armed carjacking incidents this week in the hospital parking lot, the hospital confirmed in a statement shared with Becker's.
  • Man allegedly assaults hospital staff before stealing ambulance

    Police arrested a 21-year-old man who allegedly assaulted Gardner, Mass.-based Heywood Hospital staff, EMS and a civilian before stealing an ambulance, eventually crashing it, Boston25 News reported Nov. 29.
  • 3 face trial for role in nurse degree scheme

    Three defendants will face a jury trial in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., starting Nov. 29 for their role in a coordinated scheme to sell thousands of fraudulent diplomas and transcripts to aspiring nurses, which enabled them to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination without completing the necessary coursework. 
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  • Georgia looks to South Carolina in certificate of need repeal fight

    In its decision to recommend the repeal of certificate of need laws, a Georgia Senate committee made up of lawmakers, healthcare executives, and an insurance industry representative is looking to South Carolina, which signed its certificate of need repeal in October 2023, as a model.
  • Trump renews push to replace Affordable Care Act

    Former President Donald Trump is taking to social media to renew calls for the replacement of the Affordable Care Act after a stretch of time in which the healthcare law was not a central issue in U.S. political campaigns. 
  • Oregon hospital sued over alleged illegal debt collection practices

    A lawsuit has been filed against Klamath Falls, Ore.-based Sky Lakes Medical Center alleging the hospital violated charity care requirements, The Lund Report reported Nov. 28. 
  • Optum now has 90,000 physicians

    Optum added nearly 20,000 physicians in 2023, Optum Health CEO Amar Desai, MD, said. 
  • Georgia Senate committee urges ditching CON laws

    A Georgia Senate committee made up of lawmakers, healthcare executives and an insurance industry representative voted 6 to 3 recommending a repeal of certificate of need laws, The Augusta Chronicle reported Nov. 28.
  • CVS sues US over $400M in denied tax deductions

    CVS Health is suing the United States, alleging the government owes it more than $400 million in tax deductions. 
  • Physician, wife plead guilty to testing kickback scheme

    A physician and his wife have pleaded guilty to their roles in a genetic testing kickback and bribery scheme. 
  • Nurse practitioner pleads guilty in $7.8M fraud scheme

    A Virginia-based nurse practitioner pleaded guilty for her role in a $7.8 million telemedicine fraud scheme involving medically unnecessary durable medical equipment.
  • From Barbie to Garth Brooks: When healthcare donations go awry

    Healthcare has long been a favored target of philanthropists, and in most cases, the process is smooth; a new hospital wing is built and named in honor of the donor. However, with millions of dollars changing hands, sometimes donations aren't as simple as signing a check. 
  • Nebraska pharmacist to pay $573K in healthcare fraud case

    A Nebraska pharmacist pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud, and a federal court ordered her to pay more than $573,000 in restitution. 
  • Wisconsin investigates hospital pharmacist

    The Wisconsin pharmacy board is investigating a hospital pharmacist's license after a federal court charged him for animal cruelty related to research, ABC affiliate WKOW 27 reported Nov. 22. 
  • New York physician convicted in Medicaid fraud scheme

    A New York physician was convicted of multiple charges in a kickback scheme that subjected Medicaid patients to unnecessary radiological tests. 
  • Optum faces antitrust lawsuit from California health system

    Covina, Calif.-based Emanate Health is accusing UnitedHealth Group's Optum of pressuring the system not to compete with Optum in the primary care business, and of steering patients away from their physicians who left Optum to join Emanate's practices. 
  • Johns Hopkins All Children's claims juror misconduct after $261M verdict

    Lawyers for St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital filed for a retrial on Nov. 22 against a $261 million verdict in a case made famous by a Netflix documentary, alleging that the jury foreman violated stringent conduct rules during the trial, Tampa Bay Times reported Nov. 23. 
  • Motive in New Hampshire hospital shooting still unclear

    The motive behind the shooting that killed a New Hampshire hospital security guard Nov. 17 remains unknown days after the police identified the suspect, CBS News reports. 
  • McLeod Health resolves overtime dispute in $600K settlement

    McLeod Health, based in Florence, S.C., has agreed to a $600,000 settlement in a lawsuit brought by employees who claimed that the network deducted pay for meal breaks they were unable to take due to a heavy workload.
  • Healthcare billing fraud: 10 recent cases

    From two pharmacy owners and a physician convicted in a $145 million scheme to two NBA convicted for their roles in a scheme to defraud the league's healthcare plan, here are 10 healthcare billing fraud cases Becker's has reported on since Oct. 31: 

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