• Woman charged with impersonating a nurse for 3 years

    A 35-year-old Texas woman has been charged with aggravated identity theft after she allegedly impersonated a nurse for three years.
  • Man charged in assault that left nurse in critical condition

    The patient accused of violently assaulting a Rhode Island nurse is being charged with felony assault and battery and felony assault of a healthcare worker, CBS affiliate WPRI reported Sept. 11.
  • New Virginia law requires 24/7 security at ERs

    Hospitals across Virginia will now be required to have at least one off-duty officer or trained security personnel in their emergency departments at all times, according to a new law. 
  • Tips on strengthening vendor risk management for healthcare compliance

    Your organization may be putting protected health information at risk. Learn how to effectively manage vendor risk here.
  • Labor board official sues Colorado hospital over allegedly withheld nurse pay

    A National Labor Relations Board regional director is suing Longmont (Colo.) United Hospital, seeking pay raises for nurses based on allegations that the hospital held back pay and benefit increases to unionized nurses amid their representation election appeal, according to court documents accessed by Becker's.
  • Ex-hospital worker must repay $170K for selling stolen equipment on eBay

    A man has been sentenced to three years of probation for stealing medical equipment from Washington hospitals he worked at and selling it on eBay. He was also ordered to pay $169,806 in restitution to the hospitals.
  • Oncology group sues Jefferson over 'anti-competitive' practices

    A Pennsylvania oncology group is suing Jefferson Health and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, both based in Philadelphia, for allegedly attempting to monopolize cancer care in the area, the Philadelphia Business Journal reported Sept. 7.
  • Florida clinic owner, pharmacist convicted for clinical trial fraud

    The owner of a Miami-based medical clinic and a staff pharmacist were charged Sept. 5 with fraud after an investigation revealed the two workers falsified clinical trial data and submitted fraudulent invoices for more than $270,000. 
  • Philips looks to settle for $479M in respirator recall cases

    More than three years after recalling millions of respirators because foam used to muffle noise entered the machines and patients' lungs, Philips Respironics submitted a decision in federal court Sept. 7 to settle litigation related to the recall for $479 million. 
  • Kaiser trash inspections end in $49M settlement

    Kaiser Permanente has agreed to a $49 million settlement to resolve claims that its hospital and health plan subsidiaries unlawfully disposed of hazardous waste, medical waste and protected health information at California facilities. 
  • Arkansas hospital accused of suing more than 8,000 patients, employees over medical debt

    Little Rock-based University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences's debt collection lawsuits have skyrocketed since 2019 with more than 8,000 patients, including more than 500 of its staff, for unpaid medical debts, a CNN investigation found.
  • Nevada suspends physician's license over mishandling of twin birth

    The Nevada Board of Medical Examiners has suspended a physician's license due to his mishandling of a high-risk twin pregnancy and birth, effective immediately.
  • Keep 'doctor' title for physicians only, AMA and CMA urge

    The long-standing debate on non-physicians using the term "doctor" is being highlighted in California after two advocacy organizations filed a court document in connection with a current case where nurse practitioners want to be referred to as doctors.
  • Walgreens to pay $44M to Theranos blood test customers

    Walgreens Boots Alliance has agreed to a $44 million settlement to resolve class-action claims related to its partnership with Theranos, according to Bloomberg. 
  • California NPs' suit over use of 'doctor' title faces opposition

    Licensed allopathic and osteopathic physicians in California are the only individuals who should be allowed to use the title "Dr.," according to the California Medical Association and the American Medical Association. The two groups filed an amicus brief Sept.6 in defense of an 86-year-old state law protecting just that, according to a news release. 
  • Oklahoma nurse pleads guilty to replacing ICU pain killers with water

    An Oklahoma nurse pleaded guilty to replacing pain medication with tap water.
  • The No Surprises Act's next battleground: Appeals court

    Providers, payers and other interested parties have their eyes on the 5th Circuit Appeals Court in the next phase of the ongoing legal battle over the No Surprises Act, Bloomberg Law reported Sept. 5. 
  • Missouri hospital seeks to dismiss fired CEO's lawsuit

    Officials at Memphis, Mo.-based Scotland County Hospital are attempting to have dismissed aspects of a lawsuit filed against an executive and the hospital itself by its former CEO, according to a Sept. 6 Missouri Independent report.
  • Physician convicted in $9.5M fraud scheme

    A federal jury convicted a Chicago physician for his role in a $9.5 million healthcare fraud scheme. 
  • 9 recent hospital lawsuits, settlements

    From Bon Secours Mercy Health suing Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia over alleged unpaid claims, to Adena Health System facing a proposed class-action overtime suit, here are nine hospital lawsuits and settlements Becker's has reported since Aug. 25:
  • Kentucky nurse allegedly replaced patients' morphine, left work intoxicated

    A Kentucky nurse is facing 52 criminal charges after she was found leaving a nursing home intoxicated and replacing morphine with water and blue food coloring, the Lexington Herald Leader reported Sept. 4.

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