5 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a Florida hospital district agreeing to pay $69.5 million to settle Stark Law and False Claims Act allegations to a California hospital suing Los Angeles County over trauma center funds, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Florida hospital district to pay $69.5M to settle Stark Law, False Clams Act allegations
North Broward Hospital District, a special taxing district of the state of Florida that operates hospitals and other healthcare facilities, agreed to pay the federal government $69.5 million to settle allegations it violated the False Claims Act by engaging in improper financial relationships with physicians.

2. Hospital hits LA County with lawsuit over trauma center funds
Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, Calif., filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles County and its board of supervisors, claiming the county has failed to properly allocate and administer billions of dollars of property tax revenue to trauma centers.

3. Physician sues Calif. hospital district, says he'll drop lawsuit if CEO is fired
A physician who has served on the board of Palm Springs, Calif.-based Desert Healthcare District since 2008 filed a lawsuit against the district and two of its top leaders.

4. Former Humana employees sentenced for role in $4M kickback scheme
Two former Humana employees were sentenced to prison and ordered to pay $100,000 each in restitution and forfeit $900,000 each for their roles in a racketeering and bribery scheme.

5. 15 indicted in $150M healthcare fraud scheme that allegedly involved a PA performing surgeries
A physician, his attorney and more than a dozen others were indicted for their roles in one of the largest insurance fraud scams in California history.

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