8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a Pennsylvania hospital settling a false billing case to the Ohio Attorney General filing a lawsuit against drug manufactures for their role in the opioid epidemic, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines. 

1. More Delnor Hospital nurses join lawsuit against county over hostage situation
Two more nurses joined a lawsuit claiming Kane County, a corrections deputy and a private security firm were at fault in a hostage standoff in May at Geneva, Ill.-based Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.

2. EHR vendor, executives to pay $155M for allegedly misrepresenting software's capabilities
Westborough, Mass.-based eClinicalWorks, an EHR vendor, and some of its executives and employees agreed to pay $155 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act.

3. Amgen sues FDA over drug exclusivity rights: 5 things to know
Amgen filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration after the agency denied the drugmaker a six-month exclusivity period for its secondary hyperparathyroidism treatment Sensipar.

4. Freedom Health, former COO to pay $32.5M to resolve false billing case
Tampa, Fla.-based Freedom Health, a managed care services provider, and its former COO agreed to pay the federal government a combined $32.5 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act.

5. Ohio AG files suit against 5 drug manufacturers for role in opioid epidemic
Mike DeWine, Ohio's attorney general, filed a lawsuit against five opioid manufacturers accusing the companies of engaging in fraudulent marketing and subsequently fueling the opioid epidemic in the state.

6. Pennsylvania hospital to pay $491k to settle false billing case
Abington (Pa.) Hospital-Jefferson Health agreed to pay the federal government $491,672 to resolve False Claims Act allegations.

7. Ex-employee admits recording people using SD hospital's bathroom
Anthony Hall, a former employee of Rapid City (S.D.) Regional Hospital, pleaded guilty to using a hidden camera to secretly photograph and film people using an employee bathroom in the hospital's rehabilitation unit.

8. Appellate court: Fairview Health's medical device telemarketing does not violate robocall rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled Fairview Health Services — a Minneapolis-based integrated health system and medical device seller — did not violate federal robocall rules.

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