8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a collection company president being accused of stealing $1.6 million from a New York City hospital to the Department of Justice joining a lawsuit accusing Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group of Medicare fraud, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Wyoming hospital CEO claims he was not officially terminated, seeks nearly $600k in compensation
The former CEO of the 99-bed Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs, Wyo., claims the hospital board never officially terminated his contract and he is owed at least $595,518.15 in compensation.

2. Collection company president accused of stealing $1.6M from NYC hospital
The president of Rockville Centre, N.Y.-based collection firm MBI Associates was arrested and charged with first-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing $1.6 million from St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City.

3. Shuttered NC hospital settles case over improper layoff notification
Kansas City, Mo.-based HMC/CAH, which leased and operated Yadkin Valley Community Hospital in Yadkinville, N.C., when it abruptly closed in 2015, agreed to pay about $1 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by three former employees alleging violations of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

4. Jury sides with heart surgeon in $6.4M defamation lawsuit against Memorial Hermann: 5 things to know
A Texas jury found Houston-based Memorial Hermann Health System guilty of gaming its own peer-review process for financial gain.

5. Man accused of attacking nurse at Wisconsin hospital
Police arrested a 24-year-old man March 25 after he reportedly forced his way into Select Specialty Hospital in Madison, Wis., and attacked a nurse.

6. Judge refuses to toss case alleging MedStar conspired with revenue cycle vendor in false billing scheme
A federal judge refused to dismiss a whistle-blower complaint against Columbia, Md.-based MedStar Health on March 22.

7. DOJ joins another lawsuit accusing UnitedHealth of Medicare fraud
The U.S. Department of Justice joined a second whistle-blower lawsuit against Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealth Group that alleges the insurer sought fraudulent Medicare Advantage payments.

8. New Hampshire hospital's ER floods after patient breaks sprinkler
A 48-year-old man was arrested March 25 after police say he broke a sprinkler at Exeter (N.H.) Hospital, which set off fire alarms and flooded areas of the facility.

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