12 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

From a kidney dialysis companying suing a hospital over alleged discrimination to a for-profit hospital operator seeking to dismiss a lawsuit over emergency room "cover charges," here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines.

1. DaVita sues Virginia Mason Memorial over alleged discrimination against kidney failure patients
DaVita, a kidney dialysis company, filed a lawsuit against Virginia Mason Memorial hospital in Yakima, Wash., claiming its employee health plan pays less for kidney dialysis after patients have been diagnosed with end-stage renal disease.

2. HCA fires back in lawsuit over ER 'cover charge'
Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare argues a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging the company and several of its hospitals bill patients an emergency room "cover charge" should be thrown out.

3. LabCorp hit with class-action lawsuit following data breach that exposed data of 7.7M people
A class-action lawsuit was filed on June 13 against Laboratory Corp. of America alleging the medical diagnostic company failed to monitor its billing and collections vendor.

4. 3 Texas clinic leaders indicted in $16M healthcare fraud scheme
The medical director and two operators of a Houston medical clinic were indicted on several charges related to their alleged involvement in a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme.

5. Chicago biotech sues venture capital firm, Bluebird Bio CEO over attempt to 'kill' rival medical treatment
Errant Gene Therapeutics, a biotech company based in Chicago, is suing a venture capital firm and BlueBird Bio's CEO, claiming the two parties worked to 'kill' a competing medical treatment.

6. Cardiologist convicted in 'fountain of youth' billing fraud scam
A federal jury found Samirkumar J. Shah, MD, guilty in a healthcare fraud scheme involving more than $13 million in insurance billings.

7. UnitedHealth fights retroactive claim review in mental health coverage case
UnitedHealth Group is fighting a request to retroactively review claim denials for mental health treatment in an ongoing legal case.

8. Fake nurse gets prison time for healthcare fraud
A Missouri man who pretended to be a nurse to secure jobs at several healthcare organizations was sentenced to prison June 12.

9. Mount Carmel hit with 3 lawsuits after Legionnaires' outbreak
Several patients filed separate lawsuits against Mount Carmel Grove City (Ohio) hospital, claiming the facility did not properly respond to a Legionnaires' outbreak that resulted in 16 confirmed infections and one death.

10. Fired physician claims UPMC owes him $225K in back pay
Mediation is ongoing in a lawsuit against UPMC brought by a former physician seeking more than $225,000 in back pay after he was fired.

11. Former US Pain Foundation CEO pleads guilty to embezzling $1.5M
The former CEO of the U.S. Pain Foundation, a nonprofit charity representing chronic pain victims, pleaded guilty to embezzling $1.5 million from the company.

12. Drugmakers sue HHS to halt price disclosures in TV ads
Three major U.S. drugmakers sued HHS in an attempt to block a rule that would require them to disclose the list price of prescription drugs in their television advertisements.

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