9 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From the former president and CEO of a Chicago hospital being sentenced to prison for perjury to Sumter, S.C.-based Tuomey Healthcare System agreeing to pay the federal government $72.4 million to settle False Claims Act and Stark Law allegations, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Tuomey dodges $237M false claims verdict by settling with DOJ: 10 things to know
Tuomey Healthcare System agreed to pay the federal government $72.4 million to settle False Claims Act allegations, allowing the Sumter, S.C.-based system to avoid a $237 million judgment entered against it and upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in July.

2. Physician: Kaiser hoarded money by evading insurance taxes
Michael Myers, MD, a California-based physician, brought a petition for a writ of mandamus against California's tax board seeking to have it collect eight years of insurance taxes from Kaiser Foundation Health Plan.

3. UC Health, West Chester Hospital to pay $4.1M to resolve false claims allegations
Cincinnati-based West Chester Hospital and its parent company, UC Health, agreed to pay $4.1 million to settle allegations that West Chester violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary spine surgeries.

4. 2 Humana shareholders sue to prevent Aetna deal
Two shareholders of Louisville, Ky.-based Humana filed a lawsuit to stop Aetna's purchase of Humana, claiming the acquisition is not a good deal for shareholders.

5. Former CEO of Chicago hospital gets 21 months for perjury
Peter Rogan, the former president and CEO of now-defunct Edgewater Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for perjury.

6. Dennis Kucinich files FTC complaint to keep Ohio's Lakewood Hospital open
Former U.S. Representative and mayor of Cleveland Dennis Kucinich filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission to keep Lakewood (Ohio) Hospital open.

7. Lawsuit seeks to prevent Maryland hospital closure: 7 things to know
Community members and the union which represents workers at Laurel (Md.) Regional Hospital filed a lawsuit to prevent the hospital's closure.

8. 3 physicians face charges, HIPAA violation for using EHR to 'steal patients'
Three California physicians are facing charges for a lesser-known EHR misuse, resulting in a creative HIPAA violation: Patient poaching.

9. Class action suit filed against Excellus Health Plan after massive data breach: 4 things to know
Excellus Health Plan, New York's largest health insurance provider, is facing a lawsuit for negligence following the September announcement of a data hack that may have compromised up to 10 million clients.

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