9 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From Dignity Health settling a discrimination case to Massachusetts General Hospital being ordered to release a secret report about concurrent surgeries, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Louisiana hospital owners, operators to pay $500K to resolve false claims allegations
The owners and operators of University Health Hospital in Shreveport, La., reached a half-million dollar settlement to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act and other laws.

2. Feds charge physicians, healthcare execs in $675M billing fraud bust
One-hundred people, including healthcare executives, physicians and other licensed medical professionals, were charged for their alleged roles in Medicare and Medicaid fraud schemes in four states.

3. Dignity Health agrees to $570K settlement in discrimination case
San Francisco-based Dignity Health will pay $570,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee.

4. Alabama hospital, former executive settle false billing case
An Alabama hospital and one of its former executives are among a group of defendants who agreed to pay a combined $1.45 million to resolve false claims allegations.

5. Sutter's pricing practices under microscope in antitrust case
A trial in a class-action lawsuit alleging Sacramento, Calif.-based Sutter Health violated California's antitrust laws by using its market power to overcharge patients and employer-funded health plans began Sept. 23.

6. Mass General ordered to release report on concurrent surgeries
A judge ordered Boston-based Massachusetts General Hospital to release a secret report that investigated instances of concurrent surgeries at the facility.

7. Philadelphia pharmacy allegedly submitted $1M in false claims
A Philadelphia-based pharmacy allegedly billed Medicare more than $1 million for prescriptions that were never filled or dispensed to patients.

8. Judge in federal opioid trial says he won't recuse himself
The judge overseeing the federal opioid trial said he will not recuse himself from the case, denying the defendants' claim that he is biased.

9. Oscar's monopoly suit against Florida Blue dismissed
A judge dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by Oscar Health against Florida Blue, which accused Florida Blue of using anticompetitive tactics to reel in members.

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