8 latest lawsuits involving hospitals

The following hospital lawsuits were reported since June 19, beginning with the most recent.

1. Carolinas Healthcare to pay $6.5M to settle false billing case
Charlotte, N.C.-based Carolinas Healthcare System agreed to pay the federal government $6.5 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the health system violated the False Claims Act.

2. Insurers countersue Novant for allegedly taking excessive fees from employee retirement plans
Two insurers filed countersuits against Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Novant Health arguing they are not obligated to pay into the health system's settlement of an employee class-action lawsuit.

3. Woman sues Illinois hospital over red-winged blackbird attack
A woman sued Elmhurst (Ill.) Hospital, alleging the hospital is liable for injuries she sustained two years ago when red-winged blackbirds attacked her outside of the hospital.

4. LA hospital operator to pay $42M to settle physician kickback case
The joint owners and operators of Los Angeles-based Pacific Alliance Medical Center agreed to pay $42 million to resolve allegations they violated the False Claims Act.

5. Shuttered NC hospital to pay $1M to settle lawsuit over improper layoff notifications
A federal judge approved a settlement agreement that requires Kansas City, Mo.-based HMC/CAH, which leased and operated Yadkin Valley Community Hospital in Yadkinville, N.C., when it abruptly closed in 2015, to pay about $1 million to resolve a class-action lawsuit filed by former employees alleging violations of the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.

6. South Carolina hospital claims vendor incorrectly billed insurers on its behalf
Greenwood, S.C.-based Self Regional Healthcare sued Financial Review Services, a medical bill auditor, for alleged inappropriate billing of payers on SRH's behalf.

7. Georgia hospital says it risks closure due to underpayments by BCBS
Cornerstone Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., sued Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, alleging reduced and delayed payments from the insurer could put the hospital out of business.

8. Paramedic sues NYC hospital over dress code
An orthodox Jewish paramedic is suing NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, claiming the academic medical center will not allow her to wear skirts while on the job.

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