5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

The following is a roundup of recently reported healthcare industry lawsuits, lawsuit updates, settlements and resolutions.

1. Ebola victim's family settles with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital 
The family of Thomas Eric Duncan — the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. and died as a result of the virus — reached a "resolution" with Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas after alleging the hospital had not taken all of the necessary steps to save Mr. Duncan's life.

2. SCOTUS agrees to hear PPACA subsidy challenge
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of King v. Burwell, a lawsuit challenging the legality of subsidies under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

3. Appeals court cancels arguments on PPACA subsidies, awaits SCOTUS decision
The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals canceled arguments in a case concerning subsidies provided under the PPACA, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a separate case on the same issue.

4. WellCare faces False Claims lawsuit filed by 6 former administrators
Tampa, Fla.-based WellCare Health Plans — a private Medicare and Medicaid managed care company — was hit with a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by six former administrators who claim they were fired in 2012 for not partaking in the practice of denying payments for legitimate hospital stays.

5. Biotronik settles False Claims Act suit for $4.9M — 5 things to know
Medical device company Biotronik agreed to pay $4.9 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit.

More articles on health law:

Lake Pointe Medical Center granted first-of-its-kind Stark Law exception
Insider-trading involving CMS being investigated: 5 things to know
Dignity Health to pay $37M to settle False Claims Act case

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