8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From an ex-drug company executive sentenced to prison for his alleged role in a $50 million drug diversion scheme to the co-founder of a Dallas hospital pleading guilty in a kickback case, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Dallas hospital co-founder admits to bribing physicians for high-volume surgeries
In an alleged $200 million healthcare fraud involving Dallas-based Forest Park Medical Center, one of the hospital's co-founders is pleading guilty, saying he recruited high-volume specialty physicians and paid them millions in bribes and kickbacks for surgeries.

2. Ex-drug company executive gets 15 years in prison for $50M pill distribution plot
The former president of a Houston-based pharmaceutical distribution company was sentenced to 15 years in prison July 16 for his alleged role in a $50 million drug diversion scheme.

3. Hospital mishandled Legionnaires' test of dying Illinois VA home resident, lawsuit says
Quincy, Ill.-based Blessing Hospital faces a lawsuit accusing its staff of mishandling tests of a veterans' home resident dying of Legionnaires' disease in fall 2017.

4. California hospital VP sues facility over alleged harassment by physician exec
A vice president at Ventura, Calif.-based Community Memorial Health System filed a lawsuit against the hospital for allegedly failing to protect her from discrimination and bullying at the hands of another executive at the institution.

5. 1.2K patients may receive up to $150K in settlements after Flowers Hospital data breach
More than 1,200 patients who visited Dothan, Ala.-based Flowers Hospital may be eligible to receive settlement payments resulting from a four-year-old class-action lawsuit.

6. Michigan hospital, 3 patient relatives must mediate Facebook post lawsuit
A court ordered Kalkaska (Mich.) Memorial Health Center and three relatives of a patient treated at the hospital to mediate their dispute over a critical Facebook post made by the relatives.

7. 2 caretakers charged in connection to patient injury at Virginia behavioral center
Two employees at Leesburg, Va.-based North Spring Behavioral Healthcare were charged in connection to injuries sustained by a 16-year-old female patient at the facility June 11.

8. Pharmacy owner gets jail time for $1.5M kickback scheme with NY hospital employee
The owner of a New York pharmacy was sentenced to six months in jail for participating in a $1.5 million Medicaid kickback scheme with a former hospital employee from East Meadow, N.Y.-based Nassau University Medical Center.

More articles on legal and regulatory issues:

Man allegedly assaults nurse with bodily fluids, then claims to be HIV positive
2 surgeons indicted in $950M kickback scheme in California
SEC proposes $30M cap on whistle-blower awards

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