8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a Kansas pharmacy settling a whistle-blower lawsuit for $9.5 million to a bankruptcy judge rejecting an attempt by the California attorney general to block the sale of two hospitals, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Judge rejects attorney general's attempt to block sale of 2 California hospitals
A bankruptcy judge rejected California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's efforts to block the sale of O'Connor Hospital in San Jose and St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy.

2. California reaches nearly $1M settlement with Aetna over HIV data breach
Aetna reached a $935,000 settlement with California's attorney general to resolve allegations it violated state health privacy laws by inadvertently revealing the HIV status of its members in 2017.

3. New details on Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan health venture emerge: 5 things to know
New clues about the healthcare venture launched by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase emerged in court filings and testimony related to a lawsuit filed by UnitedHealth seeking to protect its trade secrets from the new venture.

4. Athenahealth shareholders drop lawsuits
Shareholders dropped three class-action lawsuits against athenahealth over the proposed sale of the company.

5. Ex-CEO gets 46 months in prison for defrauding Florida hospital
The former CEO of Blountstown, Fla.-based Calhoun-Liberty Hospital received a 46-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to 24 counts of wire fraud and three counts of tax fraud last year.

6. Kansas pharmacy pays $9.5M to settle whistle-blower lawsuit
Overland Park, Kan.-based Stark Pharmacy agreed to pay $9.5 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act.

7. New York hospital let woman end life support for stranger, lawsuit claims
A woman sued St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City, claiming she gave permission to withdraw life support for a stranger the hospital mistakenly identified as her brother.

8. New York hospital suing insurance plan over millions in reimbursement
Massena (N.Y.) Memorial Hospital filed additional claims against an employer health plan in an ongoing legal battle over reimbursement.

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