8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a federal appeals court halting a proposed health system merger in Illinois to physicians in Tennessee suing CMS, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Adventist Health System accused of improperly relying on ERISA 'church plan' exemption
Altamonte Springs, Fla.-based Adventist Health System is accused of underfunding its pension plans by $134 million.

2. Armed man reportedly impersonated Virginia Mason employee to steal patient information
A 46-year-old man dressed as an employee of Seattle-based Virginia Mason Hospital & Medical Center was arrested at the hospital Oct. 28 and charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and cocaine possession.

3. 21 physicians sue CMS over attempt to recoup Medicaid payments
Twenty-one physicians in Tennessee filed a federal lawsuit against CMS to stop the agency from recouping $2.3 million in Medicaid payments.

4. Feds secure $1.2M judgment against former Texas hospital owner
The federal government secured a $1.2 million civil judgment against Tariq Mahmood, MD, the former owner of several Texas hospitals.

5. Appeals court halts Advocate-NorthShore merger: 8 things to know
A federal appeals court paused a proposed merger between Downers Grove, Ill.-based Advocate Health Care and Evanston, Ill.-based NorthShore University HealthSystem.

6. West Virginia Supreme Court blocks release of documents in Cabell Huntington, St. Mary's merger
The West Virginia Supreme Court blocked the release of 89 documents held by the state attorney general's office related to the merger between Cabell Huntington (W.Va.) Hospital and Huntington, W.Va.-based St. Mary's Medical Center.

7. Man accused of 2014 Boston Children's DDoS hack pleads not guilty
The "hacktavist" accused of planning and carrying out a distributed denial of service attack against Boston Children's Hospital in 2014 pleaded not guilty to the attack.

8. Former cancer center director sues Dartmouth-Hitchcock for wrongful termination
The former director of Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Norris Cotton Cancer Center filed a lawsuit against the health system claiming officials retaliated against him for whistle-blowing.

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