8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

From a nurse awarded $28 million in a retaliation lawsuit against a Boston hospital to a former pharmaceutical company executive found guilty in a kickback scheme, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines.

1. Nurse awarded $28M in retaliation suit against Brigham and Women's Hospital
A jury awarded a Haitian-American nurse $28 million May 23 in a lawsuit against Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital alleging discrimination and retaliation.

2. Former Anthem fraud investigator charged in $20M billing scheme
A former senior investigator for Anthem and a physician were among five people arrested May 22 for their alleged role in a multiyear billing scheme involving at least eight payers.

3. Ex-Valeant, Philidor execs found guilty in kickback scheme: 6 things to know
Gary Tanner, a former executive at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, and Andrew Davenport, former head of the now-defunct mail-order pharmacy Philidor Rx Services, were found guilty of participating in a secret kickback scheme May 22.

4. Nurse accused of stealing more than $550k from New York hospital
A nurse in New York City faces felony charges for allegedly stealing more than $550,000 from Interfaith Medical Center, a nonprofit hospital in Brooklyn, and defrauding Medicaid of more than $30,000.

5. Prime Healthcare Services unlawfully stopped nurses' anniversary raises, court rules
A federal appeals court ruled that Ontario, Calif.-based Prime Healthcare Services violated the National Labor Relations Act when it canceled anniversary raises for unionized nurses.

6. Physician indicted in illegal opioid distribution case, faces up to 390 years in prison
A 20-count indictment returned May 21 charges Manuel Barit, MD, a Mullens (W.Va.) Family Clinic physician, with unlawful distribution of prescription opioids and healthcare fraud. 

7. Man accused of impersonating nurse, responding to emergencies at UPMC hospital
A 23-year-old man, Kyle Jones, was arrested May 22 for allegedly impersonating a nurse and responding to emergencies at Pittsburgh-based UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

8. An Epic day in court: Supreme Court rules in favor of Epic, upholds workplace arbitration contracts
In a 5-4 decision led by the conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, Epic came out victorious in a case involving individual employee arbitration decided May 21.

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