9 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From Aetna being hit with counterclaims in a $120 million kickback lawsuit to Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems suing a Georgia hospital over a failed deal, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Missouri hospital to pay $5.5M to settle false claims allegations
Mercy Health Springfield (Mo.) Communities, formerly known as St. John's Health System, and one of its affiliates agreed to pay the federal government $5.5 million to settle allegations they violated the False Claims Act.

2. Aetna hit with counterclaims by 'hotel-like' hospital in $120M kickback lawsuit
North Cypress (Texas) Medical Center made allegations against Aetna Life Insurance in its answer to a billing fraud and kickbacks lawsuit that Aetna brought against the hospital earlier this year.

3. New York hospital to pay nearly $1.5M to settle fraudulent billing case
Oswego (N.Y.) Hospital agreed to pay the federal government and the state of New York nearly $1.5 million to resolve violations of the False Claims Act that the hospital self disclosed.

4. CHS subsidiary sues Georgia hospital for $5M over failed transaction
Community Health Systems Professional Services Corporation, a subsidiary of Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, filed a lawsuit against Columbus, Ga.-based St. Francis Hospital over a deal that collapsed last month.

5. Court issues first False Claims Act 60-day repayment rule decision: 5 takeaways
A New York federal judge preserved a whistle-blower's False Claims Act lawsuit accusing several hospitals of violating the False Claims Act's 60-day overpayment provision.

6. Union files lawsuit to block privatization of Maui's hospitals: 5 things to know
The United Public Workers union, which represents about a quarter of the employees at Maui Memorial Medical Center in Wailuku, Hawaii, filed a complaint for an injunction in U.S. District Court in Honolulu in an attempt to prevent the privatization of Maui's public hospital.

7. Texas whistle-blower lawsuit says 30 MA plans inflated charges: 9 things to know
A Texas whistle-blower lawsuit alleges Dallas-based ConseoHealth, a medical consulting firm, and 30 Medicare Advantage plans inflated charges for home visits by exaggerating patients' risk scores.

8. 3rd lawsuit filed against MIE after data hack: 5 things to know
A third class-action lawsuit was filed against Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Medical Informatics Engineering in the wake of a May data breach that compromised the health records of nearly 4 million people.

9. CVS to pay $450k to settle prescription dispute
CVS Health will pay $450,000 to settle allegations that some of its Rhode Island stores filled invalid prescriptions and kept deficient records.

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