8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits

From a Michigan hospital sued for racial discrimination to a former health clinic CEO pleading guilty in a federal healthcare fraud and kickback case, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines.

1. Lawsuit aims to toss Arkansas' Medicaid work requirements
The National Health Law Program, Legal Aid of Arkansas and the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit Aug. 14 to stop the implementation of Medicaid work requirements in Arkansas.

2. Illinois physician claims imitator wrecked his career
Jay Joshi, MD, an Illinois physician specializing in pain treatment, sued another physician with the same name in federal court, claiming the other physician's criminal case has destroyed his career. 

3. Massive billing scheme spread to 10-hospital group, lawsuit alleges
A $90 million billing fraud scheme highlighted in a state audit of a 15-bed Missouri hospital spread to as many as 10 other hospitals, according to a federal complaint.

4. 3rd Michigan hospital faces suit alleging it honored patient request for care only by white nurses
A nurse filed a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against Beaumont Hospital, Dearborn (Mich.) for agreeing to a patient request for no black caregivers.

5. Ex-CEO pleads guilty in kickback case involving California health clinics
The former CEO of Merced, Calif.-based Horisons Unlimited, a nonprofit chain of health clinics, pleaded guilty Aug. 13 to healthcare fraud and conspiracy to receive kickbacks.

6. Providence Health accused of $188.1M upcoding scheme: 6 things to know
Data analytics firm Integra Med Analytics filed a lawsuit against Renton, Wash.-based Providence Health & Services seeking $188.1 million related to alleged Medicare upcoding.

7. New Hampshire health system erred in firing physician, lawsuit claims
An emergency room physician group sued LRGHealthcare, a two-hospital system in Laconia, N.H., July 30 after one of its physicians contracted to work at the health system reported a drug-impaired patient who worked for one of the system's vendors.

8. AHA files brief in Medicare appeals backlog case: 9 things to know
The American Hospital Association and three member facilities filed a court brief Aug. 10 seeking a deadline-based remedy to address the Medicare appeals backlog.

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