12 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From Mayo Clinic winning an $11.5 million tax dispute to Broward Health settling a lawsuit filed by its former CEO, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Mayo Clinic wins $11.5M tax fight
A federal judge sided with Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic in a dispute over $11.5 million in tax refunds.

2. Texas health system beats $61.8M billing fraud case
A Texas federal judge dismissed a False Claims Act lawsuit alleging Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health overbilled Medicare by improperly upcoding claims.

3. Nurse sues HCA, alleges wrongful termination for understaffing complaints
A former nurse of Portsmouth (N.H.) Regional Hospital alleges she was fired in retaliation for complaining about systematic understaffing in the hospital's emergency department.

4. Oncology group sues AdventHealth for anticompetitive practices
An oncology group is suing Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based AdventHealth for allegedly creating a noncompetitive environment in Volusia and Flagler counties.

5. Broward Health settles with former CEO Pauline Grant for nearly $1M
The Broward Health board approved a $975,000 settlement with former CEO Pauline Grant, who filed a lawsuit against the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based health system after she was fired for unproven kickback allegations.

6. HCA defeats false claims lawsuit over office deals
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to revive a False Claims Act lawsuit against HCA Healthcare, alleging the Nashville, Tenn.-based hospital operator illegally induced physician referrals.

7. Trinity Health sues medical group, challenges non-compete clauses
Livonia, Mich.-based Trinity Health filed a federal lawsuit against Anesthesia Associates of Ann Arbor (Mich.) on July 23, alleging the medical group's non-compete clauses could threaten operations at six of Trinity's hospitals.

8. Missouri nurse files lawsuit against hospital for alleged age discrimination
A former nurse filed a lawsuit alleging she was fired from Cameron (Mo.) Regional Medical Center because of her age.

9. Dignity Health agrees to $100M settlement in pension case
Dignity Health agreed to pay $100 million to settle a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging the San Francisco-based health system used a religious Employee Retirement Income Security Act exemption it wasn't entitled to.

10. Major kidney charity denied aid to patients who didn't attend clinics of corporate donors, lawsuit claims
A federal whistleblower lawsuit claims the American Kidney Fund provided financial aid to patients of its two biggest corporate donors, the dialysis chains DaVita and Fresenius, while denying aid to patients at other clinics, a practice violating anti-kickback laws.

11. BCBS of Michigan hit with $40M lawsuit over provider payments
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan faces a lawsuit filed on behalf of mental health and substance abuse treatment providers that accused the insurer of underpaying claims.

12. Humana sues St. Jude Medical over pacemaker costs
Humana filed a lawsuit against St. Jude Medical, a subsidiary of Abbott, in an effort to recoup payments it made for the devicemaker's recalled cardiac rhythm management devices.

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