5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

From the co-founder of a Texas hospital pleading guilty for his role in a $200 million billing scheme to a federal court ordering CMS to make cost-sharing payments to a Montana insurer, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines.

1. Texas hospital co-founder admits bribing physicians as part of $200M billing scheme
A founding physician of now-defunct Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas admitted his role in a $200 million bribery and kickback scheme Oct. 4.

2. Kentucky hospital's ex-chief of staff fails to halt $361M sale to Baptist Health
A retired physician and former chief of staff of Elizabethtown, Ky.-based Hardin Memorial Hospital filed a lawsuit in July to halt Hardin Memorial's sale to Louisville, Ky.-based Baptist Health. The judge presiding over the case upheld the process used in the $361.4 million deal on Oct. 4.

3. Hospital management company CEO wants money, property released amid investigation
A judge in California delayed ruling on a request to release nearly $1 million seized from the former administrator of Tulare (Calif.) Regional Medical Center.

4. Michigan hospital to pay over $400K in lawsuit alleging residency program admission fee
An eight-member jury awarded at least $484,000 to a Michigan physician Oct. 9 as part of a federal lawsuit against Pontiac (Mich.) General Hospital regarding allegations the hospital charged the individual a fee to be admitted to its residency program.

5. CMS to pay $1.2M to Montana insurer in canceled cost-sharing reduction payment lawsuit
CMS was ordered to pay Montana Health Co-op more than $1.2 million after a federal court ruled the agency must make cost-sharing payments to the insurer despite Congress providing no funding, according to an Oct. 5 final order.

More articles on legal and regulatory issues:

Montana hospital pays $24M to settle ex-CFO's whistle-blower suit
CHS subsidiary to pay $262M to settle fraud probe
Alabama hospital pays $4.25M to settle false billing case

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