10 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

From a former CMO suing Banner Health for wrongful termination to Anthem suing Express Scripts, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines.

1. Detroit-area physician faces nearly 4 years in prison for fraud
U.S. District Judge Victoria A. Roberts sentenced Laran Lerner, MD, to 45 months in prison for his role in a $5.7 million Medicare fraud scheme.

2. Lawsuit alleging Premier colluded to drive competition away heads back to lower court
A district court ruling in an antitrust lawsuit against Dayton, Ohio-based Premier Health was reversed on appeal.

3. Former CMO slaps Banner with wrongful termination lawsuit
Mesa, Ariz.-based Banner Heart Hospital's former CMO Mark Starling, MD, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Phoenix-based Banner Health, claiming he was the subject of age discrimination.

4. Former Mount Sinai physician arraigned on sexual abuse charges: 6 things to know
David H. Newman, MD, a former physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, was arraigned on charges of sexually abusing four female patients in the emergency room.

5. Patient data not limited to medical records, Ohio court rules
The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that any type of patient data kept by a healthcare provider is part of a patient's medical record, even if it is not stored in the medical record, and it must be released or made available to patients and families.

6. Federal jury convicts New Orleans physician for role in 7-year fraud scheme
A federal jury in New Orleans convicted Pramela Ganji, MD, for her role in a $34 million Medicare fraud scheme that lasted seven years.

7. St. Elizabeth Medical Center faces lawsuit over pension plan
Nurses at Cincinnati-based St. Elizabeth Medical Center filed a lawsuit against the hospital over how it classifies its pension plan.

8. With lawsuits, NJ city councils take aim at nonprofit hospital tax exemptions
The township of Teaneck, N.J., voted to file a lawsuit against Teaneck-based Holy Name Medical Center to challenge the hospital's property tax exemption.

9. Anthem sues Express Scripts in hopes of greater savings
Health insurer Anthem is suing Express Scripts — the nation's largest manager of prescription drug benefits — in an attempt to renegotiate its contract with the company and gain more savings on prescription medicine.

10. Lawsuit claims Facebook mined PHI from websites of Cleveland Clinic, MD Anderson Cancer Center & more for advertising profit
Three Facebook users filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook, several medical organizations and providers alleging Facebook obtained and used health information without their knowledge or consent.

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Ex-CFO of troubled Florida hospital files lawsuit over CEO's harassment, threats
NJ physician allegedly took bribes in $100M fraud scheme
Missouri hospital to pay physician $751k in wrongful termination suit

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