11 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a legal fight between Mayo Clinic and the IRS to a Texas health system's False Claims Act settlement, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Is Mayo Clinic primarily a school or a medical center? Federal judges will decide
In July, federal judges will consider dueling motions for summary judgment in a lawsuit Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic filed against the IRS more than two years ago.

2. Florida physician charged with manslaughter after patient dies of overdose
Federal agents arrested Marta Elena Farinas, DO, on manslaughter, drug dealing and drug trafficking charges on May 7, more than a year after one of her patients died of an accidental overdose.

3. Acadia Healthcare inks $17M deal to settle billing fraud allegations
Franklin, Tenn.-based Acadia Healthcare entered into a $17 million settlement to resolve allegations its drug treatment centers in West Virginia submitted fraudulent claims for reimbursement to the state's Medicaid program.

4. Trump's religious freedom rule for healthcare workers challenged
The city of San Francisco filed a lawsuit May 2 against the Trump administration over a final rule that eases healthcare workers' ability to refuse to provide care contradicting their religious or moral beliefs.

5. Planned Parenthood sues Arizona over telemedicine abortion ban
Planned Parenthood of Arizona is suing the state over its abortion prevention laws, including those that prohibit telemedicine abortions.

6. Ex-nurse manager accused of defrauding Mayo Clinic
A former nurse manager for three clinics owned by Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic was charged with felony theft by swindle May 2 for allegedly making nearly $71,000 in false mileage reimbursement claims.

7. Texas health system settles false billing case
Decatur Hospital Authority, which is doing business as Wise Health System in Decatur, Texas, agreed to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act.

8. Mount Sinai faces lawsuit over age, sex discrimination in its global health institute
Eight current and former employees of New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System's global health institute filed a federal lawsuit April 26 against the health system and several officials for alleged sex and age discrimination that led to the demotion or resignation of women in senior leadership.

9. Employee admits defrauding Humana, pleads guilty to federal charges
A former Humana employee pleaded guilty in federal court May 6 to making personal purchases with Amazon gift cards intended for the insurer's wellness program.

10. DOJ throws support to Oscar in Florida Blue legal fight
An Oscar Health lawsuit alleging Florida Blue's broker policy is anticompetitive shouldn't be dismissed based on the McCarran-Ferguson Act, according to the Department of Justice.

11. Former California hospital employee gets 6 years in prison for stealing medical supplies
A former employee of Riverside (Calif.) Community Hospital was sentenced May 6 to six years in state prison for stealing millions of dollars' worth of medical supplies from the hospital and reselling them.

More articles on legal and regulatory issues:

Federal agencies launch investigation into secret recordings at California hospital
DOJ issues checklist for False Claims Act targets seeking cooperation credit
Ex-CEO of Florida hospital chain will pay $3.5M to end false billing case

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