11 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a Georgia hospital group suing Anthem to a judge allowing the Department of Justice's lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group to move forward, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Georgia hospital group sues Anthem over new ER and imaging policies
Atlanta-based Piedmont Hospital and five sister facilities sued Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and its parent company, Anthem.

2. Standing Rock Sioux file lawsuit against 24 opioid makers, distributors
Attorneys on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North and South Dakota filed a lawsuit against 24 drugmakers and drug distributors for the companies' alleged roles in facilitating the opioid epidemic within the tribe's reservation.

3. Missouri court bans CMS from using Medicaid DSH rule, FAQs to calculate payments: 5 things to know
A Missouri judge banned CMS from enforcing a final rule and two Frequently Asked Questions documents related to calculating Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments.

4. Former United Medical Center CMO files lawsuit alleging he was fired in whistle-blower retaliation
Julian Craig, MD, the former CMO at Washington, D.C.-based United Medical Center, filed a lawsuit against the hospital and its management consultants claiming he was fired in retaliation for speaking out about problems at the facility.

5. Lawsuit alleges Michigan hospital discriminated against applicant's religious beliefs on flu shots
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Owosso, Mich.-based Memorial Healthcare, alleging the hospital rescinded a woman's job offer because her religious views did not allow her to receive a flu shot.

6. Judge: DOJ's suit accusing UnitedHealth of $1B Medicare fraud can proceed
A federal judge determined the Department of Justice can move forward with a lawsuit accusing UnitedHealth Group of submitting $1 billion in false claims.

7. Patient shoots police officer at West Virginia hospital: 5 things to know
An inmate being treated at Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center shot a police officer while trying to escape custody.

8. Former employee sues New Mexico hospital for discrimination
A former employee is accusing Albuquerque-based University of New Mexico Hospital of workplace discrimination.

9. Kindred shareholder sues to halt $4.1B deal with Humana, two equity firms: 5 things to know
A shareholder of Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred Healthcare filed a lawsuit to stop a proposed deal between Kindred, Humana and two equity firms.

10. Claims administrator countersues Aetna over HIV privacy breach: 4 things to know
Administrative support company Kurtzman Carson Consultants filed a lawsuit against Aetna alleging the insurer is responsible for potentially revealing members' HIV statuses through mail using clear envelope windows.

11. Henry Ford Allegiance, DOJ settle 3 years of litigation over hospital's marketing practices
Jackson, Mich.-based Henry Ford Allegiance Health ended nearly three years of litigation concerning its marketing practices with rival hospitals after reaching a proposed settlement with the Department of Justice.

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