10 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From the Trump administration facing another major lawsuit over its "conscience protection" rule to a St. Louis-based health system settling a pension plan case, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Florida insurer hit with lawsuit over skimpy plans
Tampa, Fla.-based Health Insurance Innovations faces a class-action lawsuit accusing the health plan provider of misleading customers into thinking they purchased ACA-compliant coverage.

2. SSM Health strikes $60M deal in pension plan case
A federal judge approved a $60 million settlement between St. Louis-based SSM Health and pension plan participants.

3. Trump's 'conscience protection' rule faces yet another lawsuit 
The Trump administration faces another major lawsuit over its "conscience protection" rule, which will allow healthcare workers to deny care based on religious beliefs beginning on July 22.

4. New Mexico hospital employee overdosed in patient's room, lawsuit claims
A University of New Mexico Children's Hospital employee allegedly overdosed on drugs while watching over a 10-year-old patient in the hospital's psychiatric unit in May 2017.

5. Los Angeles physician convicted in $33M billing fraud scheme
A federal jury found Robert Glazer, MD, guilty June 7 for his role in a $33 million fraud scheme that involved billing Medicare for healthcare services that were never provided.

6. Catalyst sues FDA over approval of rival drug
Catalyst Pharmaceuticals sued the FDA, accusing the agency of violating provisions of the law and its rights to exclusivity for its rare disease drug Firdapse when it approved a lower-cost rival drug.

7. Kaiser sues Hawaii hospital system over balance-billing plan
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan is suing The Queen's Health Systems, alleging the Honolulu-based nonprofit organization notified Kaiser of plans to unfairly bill patients.

8. Quest Diagnostics hit with class-action lawsuit following 11.9 million-patient data breach
Florida law firm Morgan & Morgan filed a class-action lawsuit on June 12 in New Jersey against Quest Diagnostics after the laboratory testing company disclosed that it had experienced a data breach that exposed 11.9 million patients.

9. Ex-administrator claims hospital's public firing made him 'unemployable'
Lebanon, N.H.-based Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital disputes claims that it made a former administrator unemployable by publicly disclosing the reasons for his termination.

10. Vermont Supreme Court rules patients can sue hospitals for privacy violations
The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that patients can file lawsuits against hospitals and employees for privacy breaches.

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