10 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a single-hospital system in Ohio agreeing to pay $10 million to settle kickback allegations to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling hospitals can't sue states over Medicaid reimbursement rates, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements.

1. Medtronic settles false claims lawsuit over government contracts
Minneapolis-based Medtronic agreed to pay $4.4 million to the federal government to resolve allegations it violated the False Claims Act.

2. Ohio health system pays $10M to settle kickback allegations
Nonprofit Robinson Health System, a single-hospital system based in Ravenna, Ohio, agreed to pay the federal government $10 million to settle claims that it violated the False Claims Act, the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law.

3. 9 physicians indicted in $7M fraud scheme involving homeless patients
Twenty-three people, including nine physicians, were indicted for their involvement in a $7 million healthcare fraud scheme that involved rounding up homeless people in New York City and subjecting them to unnecessary medical testing in exchange for shoes.

4. Supreme Court: Hospitals can't sue states over Medicaid reimbursement
In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that hospitals and other healthcare providers can't sue to challenge Medicaid reimbursement rates set by states.

5. FTC settles with Phoebe Putney
The Federal Trade Commission entered into a settlement with Albany, Ga.-based Phoebe Putney Health System and the Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County regarding the system's acquisition of Palmyra Park Hospital in Albany, now known as Phoebe North.

6. Supreme Court rejects PPACA 'death panel' challenge
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board, which critics of the health reform law have labeled a "death panel."

7. Former Metro Health leader, board member suing CEO Mike Faas for wrongful termination
Laura Sacha-Staskiewicz, former vice president of the Metro Health Hospital Foundation and hospital board member, is suing Wyoming, Mich.-based Metro Health CEO Mike Faas for wrongful termination.

8.Premera faces multiple class-action lawsuits over data breach
Mountlake Terrace, Wash.-based Premera Blue Cross faces up to five class-action lawsuits associated with its recently reported data breach.

9. Portage Hospital to pay $4.4M to settle false claims allegations
Hancock, Mich.-based Portage Hospital agreed to pay $4.4 million to settle allegations its home healthcare agency violated the False Claims Act by submitting fraudulent claims to Medicare.

10. BioTelemetry to pay $6.4M for overbilling Medicare
BioTelemetry a cardiac remote monitoring company based in Malvern, Pa., agreed to pay $6.4 million to resolve a False Claims Act case.

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