5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

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From a home health company owner being charged in a false billing scheme to a long-term acute care provider claiming a managed care company delays reimbursement to boost its bottom line, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines.

1. UPMC sues lawyer for allegedly using 'high-pressure' tactics to drum up litigation
Pittsburgh-based UPMC sued an attorney in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court for allegedly using unethical means to recruit patients for possible legal action against UPMC.

2. Kindred claims WellCare delays reimbursement to boost bottom line
Kindred Healthcare, a Louisville, Ky.-based long-term acute care provider, sued Tampa, Fla.-based managed care company WellCare Health Plans for allegedly delaying reimbursement to Kindred hospitals as a way to increase profits.

3. UChicago Medical Center sues National Nurses United over arbitration agreement
University of Chicago Medical Center filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against National Nurses United in an attempt to vacate an arbitration decision regarding its attendance policy. 

4. Home health company owner charged for role in $15M false billing scheme
Yunesky I. Fornaris, owner of Elite Home Care in Miami, was arrested Tuesday and charged for his role in a $15 million healthcare fraud scheme that involved submitting false claims for home health services to Medicare.

5. West Virginia county files lawsuit against drug wholesalers, pharmacies for role in opioid epidemic
The Cabell County (W.Va.) Commission filed suit against drug wholesalers and pharmaceutical retailers to recoup funds spent addressing the high rates of opioid abuse in the community.

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