10 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

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From a medical group suing Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health to a Washington hospital settling an age discrimination case, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Medical group sues Trinity Health for trying to hire away clinicians
Anesthesia Associates of Ann Arbor (Mich.) sued Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health in state court, alleging the health system ignored non-compete agreements and improperly tried to hire away clinicians.

2. New York families urge judge to block state ban on religious vaccine exemptions
Thousands of anti-vaccine advocates flooded a New York courthouse Aug. 14 in support of a lawsuit to block the state's new law banning religious exemptions for school vaccinations.

3. Appeals court revives changes to Medicaid DSH payment rules
A federal appeals court on Aug. 13 overturned a ruling that rolled back a rule adopted by HHS that changed how Medicaid payments to hospitals that serve large numbers of low-income patients are calculated.

4. Hawaii health system urges court to dismiss Kaiser's lawsuit over billing practices
The Queen's Health Systems is seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan alleging that the Honolulu-based nonprofit is unfairly billing patients.

5. Ex-CEO says he was 'scapegoat' for Vermont hospital's financial ills
Former Springfield (Vt.) Hospital CEO Tim Ford filed a lawsuit against the hospital board, the current CEO, the interim CEO and operator Quorum Health Resources, alleging he was the board's "scapegoat" for the hospital's financial issues.

6. Washington hospital pays $1.5M to settle age discrimination lawsuit
Coupeville, Wash.-based WhidbeyHealth agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by an orthopedic surgeon.

7. Trump's public charge rule faces 2nd lawsuit
Thirteen states filed a lawsuit Aug. 14 against the Department of Homeland Security to block a new Trump administration rule that will deny permanent residency to legal immigrants who have used certain public benefits.

8. California medical group, physician pay $5M to settle whistleblower charges
Redlands, Calif.-based Beaver Medical Group and an ophthalmologist at the practice, Sherif Khalil, MD, will pay $5 million to resolve false claims allegations.

9. CHS faces $891M class-action lawsuit
The U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee certified an $891 million class-action lawsuit filed against Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems.

10. Dozens more patients sign onto MU Health Care data breach lawsuit
Dozens more University of Missouri Health Care patients joined a class-action lawsuit against the Columbia-based university over a recent data breach.

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New York hospitals brace for wave of lawsuits as state changes sex abuse law
Health plan trained physicians to overbill Medicare, lawsuit alleges

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