11 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From Pittsburgh-based UPMC agreeing to pay $2.5 million to settle false claims allegations to a federal judge dismissing a whistle-blower suit against Rockledge, Fla.-based Health First, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. UPMC to pay $2.5M to settle overbilling allegations
Pittsburgh-based UPMC and three of its affiliates agreed to pay the federal government $2.5 million to settle false claims allegations.

2. Home health executive convicted of Medicare fraud, ordered to pay $15M
The former manager of Schaumburg, Ill.-based Suburban Home Physicians was convicted of Medicare fraud and sentenced to six years in prison.

3. Federal judge dismisses whistle-blower suit against Health First
A federal judge in Florida dismissed a whistle-blower lawsuit against Health First that accused the Rockledge, Fla.-based health system of defrauding the government by providing kickbacks to physicians for patient referrals.

4. Kosair Children's Hospital gets new name under legal settlement
A legal settlement between Kosair Charities and Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare includes a name change for Kosair Children's Hospital.

5. 11 states support FTC's challenge to Advocate-NorthShore merger
In a friend-of-the-court brief, 11 state attorneys general backed the Federal Trade Commission's effort to block Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care and Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem's merger plans.

6. Bankrupt hospital owner accuses Texas tribe of violating federal labor law
Victory Parent Company in The Woodlands, Texas, sued the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas, alleging the tribe engaged in fraud and violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

7. NLRB sues Barstow Community Hospital over treatment of nurses: 5 things to know 
The National Labor Relations Board sued Barstow (Calif.) Community Hospital, alleging unfair business practices and labor code violations.

8. Fla. nurse accused of assaulting patient on life support
A Florida nurse faces a misdemeanor battery charge after allegedly attacking a patient on life support.

9. Virginia man arrested for selling fake cancer cure for $1,200 per bottle
A Virginia man faces felony charges after authorities busted him for defrauding numerous patients by selling them an herbal mixture he claimed could cure cancer.

10. ACLU files complaint against UW med school, state of Wisconsin over researcher's gender reassignment surgery
A transgender researcher at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, Wis., filed a complaint against the medical school, state of Wisconsin and WPS Insurance for denying her coverage for gender reassignment surgery.

11. Amid hepatitis C outbreak, inmates file suit claiming denial of treatment
Two inmates filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Corrections, accusing the state organization of systematically denying prisoners treatment for hepatitis C amid a widespread outbreak of the virus across the prison.

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