6 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America being ordered to pay millions for its failure to fulfill pledges it made when it acquired several Missouri hospitals to Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna settling a shareholder class-action lawsuit, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. HCA to pay $434M for failure to fund promised hospital improvements
Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corporation of America was ordered to pay nearly $434 million to the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City for allegedly failing to fulfill pledges it made when it bought several hospitals in 2003.

2. Prime ordered to pay $1.6M over cuts to hospital employee healthcare benefits
The National Labor Relations Board ordered Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare Services to reimburse hundreds of employees at Centinela Medical Center in Inglewood, Calif., for out-of-pocket increases they incurred when Prime made changes to the caregivers' health insurance.

3. Cigna settles shareholder class-action lawsuits over Anthem deal: 5 things to know
Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna settled a string of shareholder class-action lawsuits that were filed over its proposed merger with rival health insurer Indianapolis-based Anthem.

4. WakeMed allegedly released private patient information in 158 bankruptcy cases
A law firm filed a motion in a bankruptcy case, alleging Raleigh, N.C.-based WakeMed Health & Hospitals violated the federal bankruptcy code by releasing patients' private information, including Social Security numbers, in 158 cases since 2013.

5. National Restaurant Assoc. files lawsuit over menu salt warnings in New York City
The National Restaurant Association is striking back after the New York City Board of Health unanimously approved a measure to include tiny salt shaker symbols on restaurant and concession stand menus next to meals that are high in sodium.

6. Ex-hospital CFO, physicians guilty in $580M kickback scheme
The ex-CFO of the now-defunct Pacific Hospital in Long Beach, Calif., was among those who reached a plea agreement with prosecutors for his involvement in a fraud scheme that generated $580 million in false billings.

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