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    Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a directive June 11 that hospitals are legally required to provide abortions in emergency cases. 
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    A former physician who owned three clinics in Alabama and her wife pleaded guilty to their roles in a $2.3 million scheme. 
  • California system gets $1.2M settlement after neurosurgeon walkout

    Inspire Health Medical Group has agreed to pay a $1.2 million settlement to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Calif., after neurosurgeons allegedly planned a walkout in 2021 and gave the system less than 32 hours' notice. 
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    Your organization may be putting protected health information at risk. Learn how to effectively manage vendor risk here.
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    A North Carolina federal judge denied the Federal Trade Commission's request to bar Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health from acquiring two North Carolina hospitals from Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems until its appeal is resolved.
  • Proposed legislation hopes to remove healthcare 'corporate greed': 7 things to know

    Massachusetts Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey have introduced the Corporate Crimes Against Health Care Act of 2024 in an attempt to remove "corporate greed and private equity abuse" in healthcare.
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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a proposed rule that it said would eliminate as much as $49 billion of medical debts that "unjustly lowers credit scores for 15 million Americans."
  • Feds indict hospital whistleblower for HIPAA violation

    Surgeon Eithan Haim, MD, is being charged with four counts of criminal HIPAA violations after he leaked internal documents from Houston-based Texas Children's Hospital regarding gender-affirming services, Houston Public Media reported June 10. 
  • FTC seeks immediate order blocking Novant-CHS deal

    The Federal Trade Commission is asking for an immediate order to block Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health from acquiring two North Carolina hospitals from Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems until the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals can rule on its appeal. 
  • CityMD settles fraud suit for $12M

    CityMD agreed to pay the federal government $12 million to settle fraud allegations related to COVID-19 tests, according to the Justice Department.
  • Illinois man charged in $60M fraud scheme

    A lab owner from Morton Grove, Ill. is accused of submitting more than $60 million in false claims to Medicare as part of COVID-19 testing fraud scheme, the Chicago Tribune reported June 7. 
  • California clinic owner sentenced to prison for fraud scheme

    A California sleep clinic owner was sentenced to 46 months in prison for submitting more than $1.5 million fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medi-Cal. 
  • 12 recent healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

    From a judge denying the FTC's attempt to block a two-hospital deal in North Carolina to two former high-ranking employees filing a False Claims Act complaint against Erlanger Health System, here are 12 lawsuits, settlements and legal developments Becker's has reported since May 28. 
  • Prospect Medical sues Yale New Haven over stalled acquisition

    Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings is suing Yale New Haven Health, demanding that the Connecticut health system honor its contractual obligations to acquire Eastern Connecticut Health Network and Waterbury Hospital.
  • Appeals court overturns Sutter Health antitrust win

    A majority panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed a 2022 jury verdict in favor of Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health in a class action alleging the health system used its market power to charge supracompetitive rates to major insurers, which resulted in higher premiums for members, according to court documents accessed by Becker's. 
  • FTC can't halt Novant, CHS deal, judge rules

    A federal judge has rejected the Federal Trade Commission's request for a preliminary injunction to bar Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health from its $320 million acquisition of two North Carolina hospitals from Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems.
  • Legacy Health settles suit over unauthorized photos of burn victim

    Portland, Ore.-based Legacy Health will pay an undisclosed amount to settle a lawsuit with parents of a burn victim from an apartment fire, The Oregonian reported June 4.  
  • Healthcare billing fraud: 10 recent cases

    From a Massachussettes hospital settling allegations it knowingly billed for procedures that didn't follow Medicare rules to the conviction of a Texas physician in a $70 million scheme, here are 10 healthcare billing fraud cases Becker's has reported since May 10:
  • Novo Nordisk sues 9 more companies over Ozempic copycat claims

    The manufacturer of Ozempic and Wegovy filed nine additional lawsuits against businesses in six states that allegedly sold unapproved compounded versions of the popular drugs. 
  • Former CEO admits stealing $35K from own hospital

    The former CEO of Williamson (W.Va.) Memorial Hospital has admitted stealing hospital funds for personal use and without authorization, according to the Justice Department.
  • California hospital gets immediate jeopardy warning amid CRNA credentialing issue

    Doctors Medical Center in Modesto, Calif., has been cited for immediate jeopardy by CMS, the California Department of Public Health confirmed to Becker's May 30.

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