7 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

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From more than 50 hospitals suing HHS to a former supervisor in the claims department at Pittsburgh-based UPMC being sentenced for fraud, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. 55 hospitals sue HHS over changes to Medicare reimbursements
Fifty-five hospitals from across the nation filed a lawsuit against HHS over its decision to reduce Medicare payments for inpatient treatment to account for the adoption of the controversial two-midnight rule.

2. Bankrupt Arkansas hospital hit with employee class-action lawsuit
A U.S. district court judge ruled part of a lawsuit against bankrupt West Memphis, Ark.-based Crittenden Regional Hospital can proceed as a class-action lawsuit.

3. Ex-UPMC supervisor gets prison time for healthcare fraud
A former supervisor in the claims department at Pittsburgh-based UPMC received a 21-month prison sentence for mail fraud and healthcare fraud offenses.

4. Whistle-blower lawsuit claims UnitedHealth knowingly processed fraudulent claims
A whistle-blower filed a lawsuit alleging OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group, allowed nine behavioral health providers in New Mexico to submit false claims for more than a year.

5. Kindred Healthcare to pay $125M in false claims settlement
Kindred Healthcare — the largest home therapy care provider in the U.S. — agreed to pay $125 million to settle allegations it knowingly allowed skilled nursing facilities to submit false claims to Medicare.

6. McKesson sued for alleged improper drug order oversight
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a lawsuit against McKesson, alleging the distributor failed to help stop suspicious drug orders from entering the state.

7. Allscripts, Medfusion settle breach of contract dispute
Health IT vendors Allscripts and Medfusion completed the terms of a settlement over a legal dispute involving a breach of contract.

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