10 latest lawsuits involving hospitals


The following hospital lawsuits were reported since March 28, beginning with the most recent.

1. Oklahoma hospital, ex-COO and physicians settle false billing case
Norman (Okla.) Regional Health System, its former COO and six radiologists agreed to pay the federal government $1.6 million to settle allegations they engaged in a fraudulent billing scheme.

2. Massachusetts accuses UHS of Medicaid billing fraud
The state of Massachusetts intervened in a landmark false claims case accusing King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services of illegally charging Medicaid for outpatient mental health services provided by unqualified staff. 

3. Jury sides with hospitals, returns $454M verdict in case over false gown protection claims
A Los Angeles jury returned a $454 million verdict in a class-action lawsuit filed against New York City-based Kimberly-Clark Corp. and its medical technology spinoff Halyard Health.

4. Jury decision in medical negligence case could prompt more claims involving consent, attorneys say
A jury in Seattle awarded $8.5 million to a man and his wife after the man suffered complications from a surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle that he claims was performed by someone who he did not authorize to operate on him. 

5. Laid-off workers accuse Hennepin County Medical Center of discrimination
The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees accused Minneapolis-based Hennepin County Medical Center of discriminating against union employees who were reassigned or laid off earlier this year.

6. Judge says antitrust lawsuit against Carolinas HealthCare can move forward
A federal judge ruled that an antitrust lawsuit filed against Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas HealthCare System can move forward.

7. Collection company president accused of stealing $1.6M from NYC hospital
The president of Rockville Centre, N.Y.-based collection firm MBI Associates was arrested March 29 and charged with first-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing $1.6 million from St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City.

8. Shuttered NC hospital settles case over improper layoff notification
Kansas City, Mo.-based HMC/CAH, which leased and operated Yadkin Valley Community Hospital in Yadkinville, N.C., when it abruptly closed in 2015, agreed to pay about $1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by three former employees alleging violations of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

9. Jury sides with heart surgeon in $6.4M defamation lawsuit against Memorial Hermann: 5 things to know
A Texas jury found Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System guilty of gaming its own peer-review process for financial gain.

10. Judge refuses to toss case alleging MedStar conspired with revenue cycle vendor in false billing scheme
A federal judge refused to dismiss a whistle-blower complaint against Columbia, Md.-based MedStar Health.

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