10 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements


The following is a roundup of recently reported healthcare industry lawsuits, lawsuit updates and settlements, beginning with the most recent.

1. Judge rules Novartis must face Anti-Kickback lawsuit
A federal judge ruled that Novartis — a pharmaceutical company — must face a lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice, which alleges the company paid millions of dollars in kickbacks to physicians to induce them to prescribe its drugs.

2. N.J. Supreme Court rules hospitals don't have to disclose internal error investigations
According to a ruling handed down by the New Jersey Supreme Court, hospitals do not have to release records documenting an internal examination in medical malpractice cases.

3. Oklahoma judge strikes down PPACA subsidies 
A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled it is unlawful for tax subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to be provided to consumers who purchased insurance through a federal exchange.

4. Michigan physician pleads guilty for role in Medicare fraud scheme
Vicha Janviriya, MD, of SouthfieldMich., who made fraudulent referrals for home healthcare as part of a $1.3 million Medicare fraud scheme, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud.legal settlement custom

5. CVS' Caremark unit to pay $6M to settle FCA allegations
Caremark LLC, a pharmacy benefit management company that is operated by CVS Caremark Corporation, agreed to pay the government $6 million to settle allegations it knowingly failed to reimburse Medicaid for prescription drug costs paid on behalf of beneficiaries who were also eligible for drug benefits under private health plans administered by Caremark.

6. Judge refuses to dismiss Flowers Hospital data breach case
A federal judge in Alabama refused to dismiss a class-action lawsuit against Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Ala., over an employee who stole patient data.

7. Cigna, Blue Shield of California sued over narrow networks 
Santa Monica, Calif.-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog filed lawsuits against health insurers Cigna and Blue Shield of California alleging the companies misled consumers about the size of their networks,

8. Shire Pharmaceuticals to pay $56.6M to resolve FCA allegations over Adderall marketing
Wayne, Pa.-based Shire Pharmaceuticals agreed to pay $56.5 million to resolve allegations it violated the federal False Claims Act by promoting Adderall XR for uses that were not supported by clinical data and for overstating the effectiveness of the drug

9. Nurses sue Brigham and Women's over flu vaccine mandate
The union representing nurses at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston filed a lawsuit against the hospital for a policy that would require nurses to receive flu shots to retain their jobs

10. Group of Pennsylvania hospitals sue Highmark over reduced reimbursements
Health insurer Highmark and its subsidiary Keystone Health Plan West were sued by several hospitals in Pennsylvania over reimbursements for Medicare Advantage patients

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