10 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

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From Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare agreeing to pay $514 million to settle a kickback case to a bridal shop suing Arlington-based Texas Health Resources for allowing a nurse who had contracted Ebola to freely interact with others, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Government fires back in false claims suit against Prime: 6 things to know
In September, Prime Healthcare Services asked a federal court to exclude certain evidence used by the Department of Justice in a lawsuit alleging the Ontario, Calif.-based hospital chain violated the False Claims Act. Now, the federal government has responded.

2. Owner of Florida home health company convicted in fraud scheme
Pilar Garcia Lorenzo, owner of Tampa, Fla.-based Gold Care Home Health Service, was convicted for her role in a multimillion-dollar healthcare fraud and money laundering scheme.

3. Ex-employee sues Loyola University Health System over FMLA violation
A former employee of Loyola University Health System sued the Maywood, Ill.-based health system, claiming he was fired for taking medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

4. Los Angeles medical supply company owner sentenced to 60 months for multimillion dollar Medicaid fraud
The owner of Los Angeles-based Royal Medical Supply was sentenced to 60 months in prison for his role in a fraud scheme.

5. Bridal shop sues Texas Health Resources for $1M over Ebola-infected nurse's visit
A bridal shop in Akron, Ohio, is suing Arlington-based Texas Health Resources for more than $1 million, alleging a THR hospital was negligent by allowing a nurse who had contracted Ebola in 2014 to freely interact with others despite exposure to the virus.

6. Tenet to pay $514M to settle kickback allegations: 9 things to know
Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare agreed to pay approximately $514 million to resolve allegations the for-profit hospital operator paid illegal kickbacks for referrals.

7. Federal judge bars Arkansas from denying Planned Parenthood Medicaid funds
A federal judge blocked Arkansas from denying Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood services until a lawsuit on the matter is resolved.

8. Court rules HHS' proposed strategy to relieve Medicare appeals backlog 'inadequate'
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia concluded HHS' proposed strategies to alleviate the Medicare appeals backlog are insufficient and so will allow the American Hospital Association's litigation against HHS to proceed.

9. Medical transportation company accused of bilking MassHealth out of $19M
A grand jury indicted the owner and managers of a medical transportation company for allegedly defrauding one of the largest insurers in Massachusetts of $19 million.

10. Arizona medical center to pay $5.85M to resolve false claims allegations
Prescott Valley, Ariz.-based Yavapai Regional Medical Center agreed to pay $5.85 million to resolve allegations it misreported the number of hours worked by some employees to inflate Medicaid reimbursement.

More articles on healthcare industry lawsuits:

Medical transportation company accused of bilking MassHealth out of $19M
Parkview Hospital ordered to disclose rates, chargemaster info in billing lawsuit
Bridal shop sues Texas Health Resources for $1M over Ebola-infected nurse's visit

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