5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From Indianapolis-based Anthem asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review its blocked merger with Hartford, Conn.-based Cigna to a Florida physician being convicted of 67 counts of Medicare fraud, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Anthem brings rejection of Cigna deal to Supreme Court
Anthem filed a petition Friday calling for a U.S. Supreme Court review of a decision made by the U.S. Court of Appeals denying a $54 billion merger between Indianapolis-based Anthem and Hartford, Conn.-based Cigna. 

2. Florida physician convicted on 67 counts of Medicare fraud
After three days of deliberation, a jury convicted Salomon Melgen, MD, a Florida ophthalmologist, on 67 counts of Medicare fraud April 28.

3. Quest Diagnostics agrees to pay $6M False Claims Act settlement
Madison, N.J.-based Quest Diagnostics will pay $6 million to settle allegations its subsidiary, Alameda, Calif.-based Berkeley HeartLab, violated the Anti-Kickback Statute of the False Claims Act. 

4. Partners, Brigham and Women's to pay $10M to settle research fraud suit
Boston-based Partners HealthCare and Brigham and Women's Hospital agreed to pay $10 million to resolve allegations that a Brigham and Women's stem cell research laboratory fraudulently obtained funding from the National Institutes of Health.

5. IU Health, HealthNet pay $18M to resolve false billing allegations
Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health and HealthNet, a federally qualified health center that primarily provides care to low-income populations, agreed to pay the federal government and Indiana a combined $18 million to resolve False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statute allegations.

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