9 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a Nebraska hospital resolving false claims allegations to a judge asking the American Hospital Association to weigh in on how to resolve the Medicare appeals backlog, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Feds, 30 states claim McKesson illegally repackaged cancer drugs to maximize profits: 5 things to know
The federal government and 30 states sued pharmaceutical distributor McKesson, alleging the company violated the False Claims Act by illegally extracting excess cancer drugs from single-use vials and then repackaging and selling the drugs.

2. Teen sues Michigan hospital after vicious attack in ER
A woman sued Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn, Mich., after she was attacked by a man inside the hospital.  

3. Nebraska hospital pays $677k to settle Medicare fraud allegations: 5 things to know
Hastings, Neb.-based Mary Lanning Hospital agreed to pay a $677,239 settlement after a physician reportedly made false claims to Medicare for more than six years.

4. NorthShore University HealthSystem sued for allegedly collecting worker's fingerprints without consent
A former NorthShore University HealthSystem employee filed a class-action lawsuit against the Evanston, Ill.-based health system for allegedly scanning and digitally collecting his fingerprints without his consent.

5. Orthopedic, anesthesia providers settle false claims allegations for $3.2M
Newnan-based Georgia Bone & Joint, Summit Orthopaedic Surgery Center, Southern Crescent Anesthesiology medical group, Sentry Anesthesia Management, as well as certified registered nurse anesthetist David LaGuardia, agreed to pay the federal government $3.2 million to resolve alleged violations of the False Claims Act.

6. Judge asks AHA to weigh in on Medicare appeals backlog: 5 things to know
A federal judge is seeking input from hospitals and health systems on how to reduce the Medicare appeals backlog at the Administrative Law Judge level.

7. Atrium Health responds to lawsuit: Mecklenburg Medical Group physicians can break away
Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health said it will allow most physicians with Mecklenburg Medical Group to operate independently of its health system after 92 physicians sued to break away from the non-compete agreements.

8. Microsoft sues CHS, alleging copyright infringement, breach of contract: 8 takeaways
Tech giant Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems March 15, alleging CHS engaged in "willful copyright infringement and willful breach of [the health system's] contractual obligations and implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing."

9. Atrium Health countersues anesthesiology group over 'frivolous lawsuit': 6 things to know
Charlotte, N.C.-based Atrium Health fired back at its former anesthesiology services provider and filed a countersuit against the group's parent company, Sunrise, Fla.-based Mednax.

More articles on legal and regulatory issues:

California files antitrust suit against Sutter Health: 5 things to know
Iowa hospital pays $1.88M to settle Medicare overpayments case
Humana reaches $2.5M settlement over alleged pay discrimination against 753 women


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