14 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a physician charged with unlawful surveillance for allegedly putting cameras in a New York hospital's bathroom to the U.S. Supreme Court hearing a case that could expand False Claims Act liability for hospitals, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Los Angeles hospital will pay $450k to settle patient dumping allegations
Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles agreed to pay $450,000 to resolve allegations that it left a homeless patient on the streets without a plan for recuperative care after he was treated for an injury.

2. Teen accused of posing as physician offered plea deal
Prosecutors offered a Florida teenager accused of masquerading as a physician and stealing from an 86-year-old "patient" a plea deal that calls for three years in state prison.  

3. Court imposes $2.2M fine on NewYork-Presbyterian for allowing filming without patient consent
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital agreed to pay a $2.2 million fine, update its privacy policies and improve staff training after it allowed television crews to film patients without their consent.

4. Ex-hospital CFO's grand theft trial delayed as lawyers work to resolve case
Standpoint, Idaho-based Bonner General Health's former CFO Norilina Harvel was scheduled to be tried on a felony charge of grand theft in May, but plea negotiations are delaying the trial.

5. Physician fired after hiding cameras in NY hospital's bathroom
A physician was charged with one count of unlawful surveillance for hiding two "spy pens" in a unisex bathroom in Syracuse, N.Y.-based Crouse Hospital's intensive care unit.

6. The Supreme Court case that could expand false claims liability for hospitals: 10 things to know
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Universal Health Services v. Escobar, a case that focuses on the implied certification theory of False Claims Act liability.

7. Bon Secours, oncologist to pay $400k over improper billing
Marriottsville, Md.-based Bon Secours Health System and one of its surgical oncologists, Eugene Y. Chang, MD, agreed to a $400,000 settlement to resolve fraud allegations.

8. Epic awarded $940M in trade secrets lawsuit, Tata to appeal decision
A Wisconsin jury ruled in favor of Verona, Wis.-based Epic in a lawsuit alleging Mumbai, India-based Tata Consultancy Services stole trade secrets and confidential information to support its competing healthcare software product.

9. Clinic CEO, physician convicted in massive drug trafficking scheme in Kentucky
A federal jury convicted the president and CEO of a Hazard, Ky.-based medical clinic and her physician husband of more than 150 charges, including illegal distribution of drugs and healthcare fraud.

10. Physician sentenced to 9 years for role in $30M fraud scheme
Henry Lora, MD, former director of a Miami-area medical clinic, was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme that caused approximately $30 million in losses.

11. Express Scripts denies claims, countersues Anthem
Express Scripts, the nation's largest prescription drug benefits manager, countersued health insurer Anthem and denied allegations that it overcharged Anthem for prescription medications.

12. Cass County Health System CEO arrested for felony forgery
Todd Hudspeth, CEO of Atlantic, Iowa-based Cass County Health System, was arrested on felony forgery charges after he surrendered himself to police April 15.

13. California physician gets 3 years for role in fraud scheme
Neil Van Dyck, DPM, of Roseville, Calif., was sentenced to three years in prison and fined $10,000 for his role in a healthcare fraud scheme.

14. DOJ files antitrust lawsuit against CAMC, St. Mary's Medical Center
The U.S. Department of Justice sued Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center and St. Mary's Medical Center, a Huntington, W.Va.-based teaching hospital, for agreeing to allocate territories in which to market their competing services.

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