10 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a former executive suing Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health to a whistleblower urging a California federal court not to dismiss her case accusing Sutter Health of fraud, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Universal Health Services says it's closing in on settlement of billing fraud investigation
King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services plans to ink a compliance agreement with federal regulators as part of a broader settlement to resolve allegations of billing fraud.

2. Illinois healthcare exec accused of falsely billing BCBS
The executive director of an autism center in suburban Chicago faces federal fraud charges related to potentially illegal billing practice.

3. Dozens of Texas hospitals sue drug industry players over opioid epidemic
Dozens of hospitals in Texas filed a lawsuit accusing pharmaceutical companies of fueling the opioid crisis in the state.

4. Trinity Health reaches settlement with medical group on noncompete clauses
Trinity Health in Livonia, Mich., and Anesthesia Associates of Ann Arbor (Mich.) reached a five-year agreement that resolved their dispute over noncompete clauses, the organizations said Sept. 5.

5. Ex-medical director sues Sanford Health, says she was forced to resign
A former Sanford Health executive is suing the Sioux Falls, S.D.-based health system, alleging supervisors retaliated against her for raising concerns about security.

6. Whistleblower urges court not to dismiss false claims suit against Sutter Health
A whistleblower is asking a California federal court not to dismiss a lawsuit she filed accusing Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health of Medicare Advantage fraud.

7. Tennessee healthcare executive sentenced to prison for kickback scheme
The former owner of a medical equipment company in Camden, Tenn., was sentenced to 42 months in prison Aug. 28 for her role in a $4.6 million kickback scheme.

8. Former VA employee pleads guilty to leaking patients, senator's medical records
A former employee at the Veterans Benefits Administration in Huntington, W. Va., pleaded guilty Sept. 3 to computer fraud.

9. Former St. Joseph's nurse alleges BayCare executives ignored ED staffing concerns
A nurse who worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla., is suing the hospital's operator for allegedly unsafe staffing levels in the emergency room overnight.

10. California home health provider charged in Medicare fraud scheme
Hayward, Calif.-based Amity Home Health Care was charged Sept. 5 in a $115 million Medicare fraud scheme.

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