5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a Pennsylvania hospital settling a kickback case to the Department of Justice suing a Wisconsin nursing home, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

 1. UPMC Hamot, cardiology practice ink $20.7M settlement in kickback case
UPMC Hamot and cardiology practice Medicor Associates, both in Erie, Pa., finalized an agreement to pay the federal government $20.7 million to settle allegations they knowingly submitted claims to Medicare and Medicaid in violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law.

2. Kentucky AG files fourth opioid crisis lawsuit
Kentucky's Attorney General on March 8 filed a lawsuit against AmerisourceBergen, alleging the drug distributor engaged in deceptive business practices related to the overdistribution of opioids in the state.

3. DOJ sues Wisconsin nursing home over mandatory flu shot policy
The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Ozaukee County, Wis., March 6, alleging county-owned Cedarburg, Wis.-based Lasata Care Center discriminated against a former nursing assistant's religious objections to receiving a flu vaccine.

4. Judge: UnitedHealth shareholders can comb 12 years of alleged Medicare fraud records
A Delaware judge ruled UnitedHealth Group's shareholders can rifle through 12 years of the payer's records to support allegations UnitedHealth directors partook in Medicare fraud.

5. Hidden camera planted by patient's family unearths abuse at Michigan nursing home
The family of an 89-year-old man is suing Autumnwood of Livonia (Mich.) nursing home after a hidden camera allegedly captured the facility's staff yelling at and roughly throwing the patient onto his bed and wheelchair.

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