18 latest lawsuits involving hospitals

The following hospital lawsuits were reported in the past month, beginning with the most recent.

1. Providence Health to pay $352M to settle pension mismanagement class-action lawsuit
Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services will pay nearly $352 million to resolve claims it underfunded its pension plan.

2. Texas Health Resources settles lawsuit filed by nurse who survived Ebola
Arlington-based Texas Health Resources settled a lawsuit filed in March 2015 by Nina Pham, a nurse who contracted and survived Ebola in 2014 after caring for a patient at a THR hospital who was diagnosed with the virus.

3. Methodist Health denies it improperly deducts pay from nurses for meal breaks
A nurse filed a collective action lawsuit in July claiming Dallas-based Methodist Health routinely fails to compensate nurses for time worked during meal breaks. Methodist Health denied that claim in its answer to the complaint filed in October.

4. California hospital sues Regence BCBS over unpaid bills
Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego filed suit against Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, alleging the insurer violated terms of their contract by failing to reimburse SMH for medical services.

5. Charity sues NJ hospital for $400M over canceled hotel project
St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., signed a land lease in 2012, giving nonprofit developer Medical Missions for Children land to build a hotel. Medical Missions is now suing St. Joseph's for breach of contract for nixing the project.

6. Metro Health secures $1M settlement against former executive
Wyoming, Mich.-based Metro Health Hospital entered into a $1 million settlement with Laura Staskiewicz, the former head of the health system's foundation.

7. Radiologists accuse Montana hospital of False Claims Act violations
Two radiologists allege Bozeman (Mont.) Health Deaconess Hospital submitted millions of dollars in false claims to government payers as part of an illegal kickback scheme.

8. Investor sues Tenet after $514M kickback deal: 7 things to know
A shareholder filed a putative class-action lawsuit against Tenet Healthcare, claiming the Dallas-based for-profit hospital operator made false and misleading statements about its business, which caused shareholders to suffer losses.

9. UPMC faces 4th mold death lawsuit
As of Oct. 12, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is facing its fourth lawsuit over a mold outbreak discovered in September 2015.

10. Whistle-blower claims SC hospital violated Stark Law, False Claims Act
A former employee of Spartanburg (S.C.) Regional Healthcare System claims the health system filed false claims with government payers and paid physicians more than fair market value.

11. Tenet to pay $514M to settle kickback allegations: 9 things to know
Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare agreed to pay approximately $514 million to resolve allegations the for-profit hospital operator paid illegal kickbacks for referrals.

12. Arizona medical center to pay $5.85M to resolve false claims allegations
Prescott Valley, Ariz.-based Yavapai Regional Medical Center agreed to pay $5.85 million to resolve allegations it misreported the number of hours worked by some employees to inflate Medicaid reimbursement.

13. Ex-employee sues Loyola University Health System over FMLA violation
A former employee of Loyola University Health System sued the Maywood, Ill.-based health system, claiming he was fired for taking medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

14. Bridal shop sues Texas Health Resources for $1M over Ebola-infected nurse's visit
A bridal shop in Akron, Ohio, is suing Arlington-based Texas Health Resources for more than $1 million, alleging a THR hospital was negligent by allowing a nurse who had contracted Ebola in 2014 to freely interact with others despite exposure to the virus.

15. Government fires back in false claims suit against Prime: 6 things to know
In September, 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. The federal government responded earlier this month.

16. Whistle-blower claims NY hospital staff abused patients to extend Medicaid payments
Alfred Robenzadeh, MD, who trained in Valhalla, N.Y.-based Westchester Medical Center's psychiatric unit, filed a lawsuit against WMC and several of its supervisors, claiming hospital staff abused patients and defrauded Medicaid.

17. CarePoint sues Horizon for $76M in unpaid, underpaid medical bills
Jersey City, N.J.-based CarePoint Health filed a federal lawsuit against Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, alleging the payer owes CarePoint $76 million in unpaid and underpaid claims.

18. Vibra Healthcare to pay $32.7M to settle false claims case
Vibra Healthcare, a national hospital chain based in Mechanicsburg, Pa., agreed to pay the federal government more than $32.7 million to resolve claims it billed Medicare for medically unnecessary services in violation of the False Claims Act.

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