13 recent lawsuits involving hospitals

The following hospital lawsuits were reported since August, beginning with the most recent.

1. Class-action suit accuses Carolinas HealthCare of anti-competitive behavior
A class-action lawsuit against Carolinas HealthCare alleges the Charlotte, N.C.-based system engaged in illegal and anti-competitive behavior.

2. Colorado hospital accused of widespread age discrimination against nurses
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed suit against Montrose (Colo.) Memorial Hospital, alleging hospital administrators discriminated against older nurses.

3. Ohio hospital sues West Virginia over CON changes 
Marietta (Ohio) Memorial Hospital sued the West Virginia Health Care Authority in federal court over changes to West Virginia's certificate-of-need process.

4. Judge allows class-action antitrust suit against NorthShore to proceed
U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang denied Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem's motion for summary judgment in a class-action antitrust lawsuit.

5. Mount Sinai hospitals to pay $2.9M to settle false claims case
Three hospitals that are part of New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System agreed to pay a total of $2.95 million for delaying repayment of more than $800,000 in Medicaid overpayments.

6. Prime claims DOJ fraud suit wrongly relies on statistical sampling
Prime Healthcare Services asked a federal court to exclude certain evidence used by the Department of Justice in a lawsuit alleging the Ontario, Calif.-based hospital chain violated the False Claims Act.

7. Lee Memorial sues Florida Blue over ER payments
Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Memorial Health System is suing Florida Blue, claiming the health insurer underpaid the system's hospitals for emergency care.

8. Calif. hospital to pay 3 former employees $1.7M in harassment suit
Community Hospital of Long Beach (Calif.) and the former manager of the hospital's psychiatric unit were ordered to pay $1.7 million to three ex-employees who alleged they were subjected to sexual harassment and discrimination.

9. Trinity Health to pay $75M to settle pension mismanagement class-action lawsuits
Trinity Health will pay $75 million to resolve allegations that it mismanaged its pension plans, putting an end to more than two dozen class-action lawsuits that have been filed against the Livonia, Mich.-based system over the past three years.

10. St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center to pay $3.2M to resolve false billing allegations
Syracuse, N.Y.-based St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center will pay $3.2 million to resolve allegations it submitted false claims for payment to the New York Medicaid program.

11. Employee accuses Oregon hospital of wage theft, discrimination and retaliation
A former employee of Oregon State Hospital is accusing the Salem-based psychiatric hospital, its superintendent, the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Human Services of wage theft, retaliation and discrimination.

12. Adventist sues Wellmont over delay in acquisition of Tacoma Regional
Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Kingsport, Tenn.-based Wellmont Health System alleging Wellmont is refusing to close on a transaction.

13. Sisters of Charity sues Palmetto Health over $50M orthopedic practice
Cleveland-based Sisters of Charity Health System, the former owner of Providence Hospital in Columbia, S.C., sued Palmetto Health, alleging the Columbia-based system is responsible for the demise of Providence's $50 million orthopedic practice.

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Abbott's $5.8B acquisition of Alere to require mediation

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