11 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From House Republicans prevailing in a lawsuit over Affordable Care Act cost-sharing subsidies to physicians accepting responsibility for Joan Rivers' death, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Patient charged with assault after trying to choke hospital employee
A patient at St. Cloud (Minn.) Hospital was charged with second-degree assault after allegedly trying to choke a hospital employee.

2. Physicians accept responsibility for Joan Rivers' death
Five physicians from New York-based Yorkville Endoscopy agreed to pay a "substantial" amount and accepted responsibility for the death of comedian Joan Rivers to settle a malpractice lawsuit brought by her family.

3. House Republicans prevail in lawsuit over ACA cost-sharing subsidies
House Republicans were issued a big win Thursday in their fight against the Affordable Care Act.

4. California oncologist pays $300k to settle improper billing allegations
An oncologist in Lodi, Calif., and his wife, who served as the administrator of his office, paid the federal government $300,000 to settle allegations that they billed Medicare for chemotherapy drugs purchased from an unlicensed foreign pharmaceutical distributor.

5. Judge rejects FTC's attempt to block PinnacleHealth-Penn State Hershey merger
A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Monday that the Federal Trade Commission and state regulators cannot halt the merger of Penn State Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center and Harrisburg, Pa.-based PinnacleHealth System for an administrative challenge. On Tuesday, the FTC appealed the judge's order.

6. Judge gives go-ahead on St. Peter's case against Horizon
A New Jersey judge gave New Brunswick, N.J.-based St. Peter's University Hospital the right to keep fighting in its case against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

7. Planned Parenthood sues Ohio, claims legislative defunding is unconstitutional
Planned Parenthood is suing the state of Ohio for allegedly violating the U.S. Constitution by defunding the organization through the passing of a new law.

8. Judge orders release of documents in Purdue Pharma, OxyContin case
A Kentucky circuit court judge issued an order to unseal documents next month on the marketing of OxyContin, which has been blamed for kindling the opioid and heroin epidemic affecting the U.S.

9. Exeter Hospital sues staffing company for role in hiring man responsible for hep C outbreak
Exeter (N.H.) Hospital is suing a staffing company for its alleged role in hiring the man responsible for a hepatitis C outbreak that infected 47 patients, including 33 at Exeter.

10. Lawsuit: Portland Adventist forcibly removed disabled vet because of service dog
Last June, an 86-year-old disabled veteran was forcibly removed from Portland (Ore.) Adventist Medical Center because of his service dog. Now the veteran, Robert Campen, is seeking an undisclosed amount in federal court.

11. Judge gives Boston Children's OK on plans to build over Prouty Garden
A judge's decision will allow Boston Children's Hospital to go ahead with its controversial plans to build a new $1 billion clinical tower over the healing Prouty Garden.

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