5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a former hospital director being sentenced to nine years in prison to the owner of three California medical clinics admitting he paid kickbacks to patient recruiters, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Former hospital director sentenced to 9 years in prison
The former executive director of Springfield, Ill.-based HSHS St. John's Children's Hospital, Margaret Curtin, was sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing $700,000 from the hospital between December 2008 and September 2014.

2. Owner of 3 California medical clinics admits paying kickbacks to patient recruiters
Hovik Simitian, the owner and operator of three medical clinics in Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to submitting more than $4.5 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.

3. Oklahoma FQHC to pay $825k to settle false claims allegations
East Central Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center in Wetumka, Okla., agreed to pay $825,000 to settle civil claims stemming from allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false Medicaid claims.

4. Alaska legislature sues governor over Medicaid expansion
Alaska's legislature is suing Gov. Bill Walker over his decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

5. Minnesota payer to sue state for cutting contracts
Minneapolis-based payer UCare plans to sue Lucinda Jesson, the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, because it claims the state "arbitrarily" cut its contracts for 370,000 Minnesotans.

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