• California physician convicted in $2.8M fraud scheme

    The medical director of several hospice companies was convicted for his role in a $2.8 million Medicare fraud scheme. 
  • UCHealth sued patients nearly 16K times in last 5 years, investigation reveals

    Over the last five years, Aurora, Colo.-based UCHealth has sued its patients 15,710 times for money that they owe to the health system, The Colorado Sun reported Feb. 19.
  • OU Health settles pharmacy lawsuit for $140K

    Oklahoma City-based OU Health paid $140,000 to settle allegations of violating recordkeeping laws in its pharmacy department, according to the Justice Department. 
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  • Physician's free speech lawsuit against Mayo gets jury trial

    Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is set to go before a jury in July of 2025 for a lawsuit filed by a physician who alleges the health system "silenced" him, KTTC reported Feb. 15. 
  • Scrutiny exposes potential cracks in research system

    Two hospitals, five researchers and 76 research papers were called out in the last few weeks for inaccurate data and copied images — shining light on a potentially broken system of scientific research.
  • 3 Utah lawsuits seek $40M from Steward

    Three separate Utah lawsuits are seeking a combined $40 million in damages from Dallas-based Steward Health Care after investors allege the health system took funding from five of its state hospitals to pay bills it had acquired across other states, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Feb. 19.
  • Minnesota bill would increase hospital closure communication

    A newly proposed bill in Minnesota is hoping to decrease the impact of hospital cuts and closures for patients and employees. 
  • Telemedicine owner to plead guilty in $110M equipment scheme

    The owner of two telemedicine companies has been charged and has agreed to plead guilty in connection with a $110 million scheme involving medically unnecessary durable medical equipment.  
  • 3 nurse degree scheme updates

    Fallout from Operation Nightingale — a coordinated scheme to sell more than 7,600 fake diplomas and transcripts to aspiring nurses — continues to unfold more than a year after 25 people were charged for their roles in running the scheme. 
  • Proposed bill could require the U of California to build medical school

    If passed, a new bill dubbed the "Grown Our Own" bill would require the University of California to construct a medical school in Kern County should "certain funding thresholds" be met.
  • DME company to pay $25.5M to settle fraud allegations

    A durable medical equipment company with more than 700 locations nationwide agreed to pay $25.5 million to settle allegations it continued to bill federal healthcare programs for the rental of respiratory equipment when patients no longer needed or used the devices. 
  • Lawmakers eye new designation for safety net hospitals

    Two House lawmakers have introduced a bill that would establish an "essential health system" designation that would create more opportunities for safety net hospitals to receive federal funding. 
  • Transgender patient sues Colorado hospital for $1.5M over canceled surgery

    Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora ceased performing certain gender-affirming surgeries for patients 18 and older in July. Now, seven months later, a patient is suing the hospital over their canceled surgery, The Colorado Sun reported Feb. 14.
  • NYC Health + Hospitals sues social media giants over mental health crisis

    NYC Health + Hospitals is one of three plaintiffs in a lawsuit against TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and YouTube, alleging they have created a youth mental health crisis and seeking to recover related public health costs.
  • Quest Diagnostics settles allegations of improper disposal of medical waste, patient info

    Quest Diagnostics has reached a settlement after several California district attorneys filed a complaint against the diagnostics company for improper disposal of hazardous and medical waste and not properly protecting health information at its facilities statewide.
  • Congressman optimistic Medicare reimbursement cuts will be reversed

    Indiana Rep. Larry Bucshon, MD, told the American Hospital Association that Medicare reimbursement cuts could be at least partially reversed in Congress' next spending package, Roll Call reported Feb. 13. 
  • Feds target former CFO in alleged cardiac kickback scheme

    The Department of Justice has filed a complaint under the False Claims Act against Rick Nassenstein, former CFO, president and co-owner of Cardiac Imaging, which provides mobile cardiac positron emission tomography scans.
  • HCA files response to North Carolina's lawsuit

    HCA Healthcare has filed a motion with the North Carolina Business Court, asking it to dismiss claims from the North Carolina attorney general that the for-profit hospital operator violated its 2019 asset purchase agreement for Asheville, N.C.-based Mission Health System, according to local news outlets. 
  • Crozer Health withdraws residency accreditation lawsuit

    Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings, which owns Upland, Pa.-based Crozer Health, has withdrawn its lawsuit against the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education after the organization removed Crozer-Chester Medical Center's surgical residency program's accreditation.
  • 2 years, $2B in allegedly fraudulent catheter orders

    CMS and the FBI are investigating an alleged catheter fraud scheme that is estimated to have cost Medicare about $2 billion in two years, The Washington Post reported Feb. 9.

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