11 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

From a former health clinic CFO sentenced to prison to a nurse charged with murder, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines.

1. Ex-UPMC Health Plan director sentenced to prison for embezzling $846k
The former senior director of the claims department at Pittsburgh-based UPMC Health Plan was sentenced to two years in federal prison for embezzling more than $846,000 from UPMC by putting ghost workers on the payroll.

2. New Jersey county opioid lawsuit targets former Purdue leaders
Attorneys representing Camden County filed a lawsuit against drugmakers and drug distributors for the companies' alleged roles in perpetuating the opioid crisis in New Jersey.

3. Former CFO gets prison time for stealing $111k from Montana health clinic
The former CFO of Rocky Boy Health Clinic of the Chippewa Cree Tribe in Box Elder, Mont., was sentenced Feb. 14 to 12 months and one day in prison for wire fraud.

4. Kentucky AG files third opioid epidemic lawsuit
Kentucky's attorney general filed a lawsuit against Cardinal Health, alleging the company engaged in deceptive business practices to promote the widespread distribution of opioids.

5. Florida man charged for attacking paramedics en route to hospital
Police charged a Florida man with battery after he allegedly attacked two paramedics who were transporting him to a hospital.

6. SSM Health hospital hit with physician kickback allegations: 4 things to know
Fond du Lac, Wis.-based Agnesian HealthCare, a part of St. Louis-based SSM Health, faces a federal lawsuit alleging the nonprofit hospital defrauded Medicare.

7. Fake nurse who worked at St. Louis hospital gets probation
A woman who lied about her nursing credentials to get a job at a St. Louis hospital was sentenced to five years of probation and eight months of house arrest.

8. Kentucky governor countersues those who oppose Medicaid work requirements
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, R, filed a lawsuit against Kentucky residents named as plaintiffs in a separate lawsuit that challenges Mr. Bevin's waiver request to impose work requirements on Medicaid enrollees.

9. Supreme Court won't review CareFirst data breach case
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected CareFirst's appeal to review a case involving a 2014 data breach.

10. Nurse charged with murder of patient who died gasping for air as staff laughed
A grand jury indicted two nurses and one nursing home aide on numerous charges — including felony murder — relating to the 2014 death of a patient at a Georgia nursing home.

11. Judge dismisses strangulation and assault charges against New York hospital surgeon
A judge dropped criminal charges against a surgeon at East Meadow, N.Y.-based Nassau University Medical Center who was arrested in January after he was accused of choking a nurse with an elastic cord over a disagreement about a patient's medication.

More articles on legal and regulatory issues:

Ex-director of finance pleads guilty to stealing $3M from North Carolina hospital
Former CFO sues Chicago hospital to recoup $100k loan
Scripps will pay $1.5M to settle billing fraud case

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