8 latest lawsuits, settlements involving hospitals

The following hospital lawsuits and settlements were reported since June 24, beginning with the most recent.

1. Judge dismisses lawsuit accusing Georgia hospital of manipulating COVID-19 test results
A judge in Gwinnett County, Ga., dismissed a lawsuit filed against Landmark Hospital of Athens (Ga.) alleging the hospital manipulated COVID-19 test results and created a public health risk. 

2. Geisinger settles lawsuit over NICU infections that killed 3 infants
Danville, Pa.-based Geisinger reached a settlement with the families of infants who died or were injured as a result of contracting bacterial infections while in the neonatal intensive care unit at Geisinger Medical Center.

3. UHS settles false claims allegations for $122M
King of Prussia, Pa.-based Universal Health Services and two related entities agreed to pay $122 million to settle kickback allegations and claims that they billed for unnecessary inpatient behavioral health services.

4. Court denies Sutter Health's request to delay $575M antitrust settlement hearing
The Superior Court of San Francisco County denied Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health's motion to delay a preliminary approval hearing for a $575 million antitrust settlement. 

5. Oklahoma hospital, physician group will pay $72M to settle false claims case
A specialty hospital in Oklahoma City, its management company and a physician group agreed to pay $72.3 million to resolve false claims allegations.

6. Nurse alleges New York hospital denied breaks, overtime pay
A nurse is suing Schenectady, N.Y.-based Ellis Hospital, alleging the hospital has broken state and federal law by denying lunch breaks and withholding overtime pay.

7. Ex-CFO sues Tenet unit, alleges retaliation for whistleblowing
The former CFO of United Surgical Partners International, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, sued his ex-employer in federal court, alleging retaliation for raising concerns about potential securities law violations. 

8. Piedmont Healthcare to pay $16M to settle allegations it overbilled Medicare
Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare will pay $16 million to settle allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by billing at a more expensive inpatient rate for patients who could have received outpatient care.

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