6 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

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From a New York hospital agreeing to pay $18.8 million to settle kickback allegations to a judge extending the restraining order in Ebola nurse Nina Pham's case, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements.

1. Florida physician sued for intentional false diagnoses settles with government
A Florida neurologist agreed to pay the federal government $150,000 to settle allegations that he violated the False Claims Act by providing medically unnecessary services to federal healthcare program beneficiaries.

2. Judge extends restraining order in Ebola nurse Nina Pham's case
A Texas district judge extended a restraining order preventing Arlington-based Texas Health Resources or its insurance company from pursing a worker's compensation claim for nurse Nina Pham, who was infected with Ebola while caring for the first U.S. patient with the deadly disease.

3. NY hospital to pay $18.8M to settle kickback allegations
Valhalla, N.Y.-based Westchester Medical Center agreed to pay the federal government $18.8 million for its alleged violation of the Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark Law.

4. Judge says Highmark wrongly passed along reimbursement reductions
A Pennsylvania court ruled that health insurer Highmark was not permitted to pass along reimbursement reductions imposed by Congress' budget sequestration under Medicare Advantage contracts.

5. Medical supplier Hospira Worldwide sues Harnett Health System for $123K
Hospira Worldwide, a medical supply company based in Lake Forest, Ill., filed a lawsuit against Dunn, N.C.-based Harnett Health System, claiming the health system failed to pay for more than $123,000 in medical supplies.

6. Virginia Mason sues scope manufacturer with widow of infection victim
Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle is joining the widow of a man who contracted a fatal infection from a scope in a lawsuit against medical scope manufacturer Olympus America.

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