15 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From the Supreme Court sending a lawsuit over the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate back to the lower courts to health IT company Cerner facing another overtime lawsuit, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Senator sues to prevent Rhode Island hospital from scaling back services
Democratic Rhode Island Sen. William Conley, who serves Pawtucket and East Providence, is working pro bono as the lawyer on a suit filed to prevent Providence, R.I.-based Care New England Health System from cutting services at Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.

2. Highmark sues feds over $223M in ACA payments
Highmark, the insurance arm of Pittsburgh-based Highmark Health, is suing the federal government, claiming the U.S. failed to pay the insurer nearly $223 million in payments owed under the Affordable Care Act's risk corridor program.

3. Cerner faces another overtime lawsuit
Another class-action lawsuit alleges Cerner failed to pay employees overtime wages, bringing the total lawsuits against the health IT company regarding overtime pay to four.

4. Ex-hospital guards indicted for death of MedStar patient
Two former security guards at MedStar Washington Hospital Center were indicted Tuesday on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 74-year-old patient James E. McBride.

5. Psychiatrist indicted for murder, over-prescription of opioids
The Georgia psychiatrist known as "Dr. Death" was indicted for the deaths of three former patients and for nearly five-dozen counts of unauthorized prescription of pain medications.

6. Judge rules Lee Memorial can evict patient with brain injury
A judge gave Lee Memorial Hospital permission to evict a brain-injured patient who has remained at the Fort Myers, Fla.-based hospital for more than a year after physicians said he was ready to go home or be transferred to a nursing home.

7. ACEP sues HHS over out-of-network reimbursement
The American College of Emergency Physicians filed a lawsuit against HHS, alleging an Affordable Care Act provision fails to ensure reasonable payment to physicians for out-of-network emergency services.

8. Anesthesiologist gets 8 years for fraud that led to patient death
Jaime Guerrero, MD, was sentenced to 100 months in prison for distribution of controlled substances, including prescription opioid hydrocodone, without a legitimate medical purpose.

9. Supreme Court sends ACA contraception case back to lower courts: 5 things to know
Calling for a compromise, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on the central legal question in Zubik v. Burwell, which focuses on the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

10. Imprisoned Ohio cardiologist ordered to repay $5.5M to patients in medical overbilling scheme
An imprisoned Ohio cardiologist was ordered to pay nearly $5.5 million in restitution for performing unnecessary heart procedures on patients.

11. Fetter Healthcare Network sued over failure to pay rent, renovation costs
A developer filed suit against Charleston, S.C.-based Fetter Healthcare Network, alleging the healthcare provider failed to pay rent and renovation costs for space at a former naval hospital in North Charleston, S.C.

12. Louisiana VA nurse arrested for falsifying patient death records
A nurse formerly employed by the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs was arrested for falsifying records after a patient's death.

13. Court puts Maui hospital privatization on pause
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals put a temporary stop on the privatization of three Hawaii hospitals: Wailuku-based Maui Memorial Medical Center, Kula (Hawaii) Hospital & Clinic and Lanai Community Hospital in Lanai City.

14. Johnson & Johnson continues to fight lawsuits linking talc-based powder to cancer
In February, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million to the family of a woman died of ovarian cancer linked to the company's talc-based powders. Still, Johnson & Johnson maintains the safety of its products.

15. Federal government on hook for $9M after mother, baby deaths in Chicago hospital
A federal judge signed off on a jury verdict, awarding $9 million to a man whose wife and baby died at Chicago-based Norwegian-American Hospital more than six years ago.

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