9 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From the former CEO of two Alabama health clinics sentenced to prison for his role in a fraud scheme to a charity suing a New Jersey hospital over a nixed hotel project, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Charity sues NJ hospital for $400M over canceled hotel project
St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson, N.J., signed a land lease in 2012, giving nonprofit developer Medical Missions for Children land to build a hotel. Medical Missions is now suing St. Joseph's for breach of contract for nixing the project.

2. Home health company owner, medical director sentenced for roles in $34M fraud scheme
New Orleans-based Christian Home Health's owner and medical director were sentenced to prison for their roles in a $34 million Medicare fraud scheme.

3. Former health clinic CEO sentenced to 18 years in fraud case
The former CEO of two Alabama health clinics was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his role in a fraud scheme.

4. Methodist Health denies it improperly deducts pay from nurses for meal breaks
A nurse filed a collective action lawsuit in July claiming Dallas-based Methodist Health routinely fails to compensate nurses for time worked during meal breaks. Methodist Health denied that claim in its answer to the complaint filed last week.

5. Physician group sues California over balance billing law
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons filed suit to block the implementation of legislation designed to prohibit balance billing practices in California.

6. Feds: Drug company falsely claimed patients had cancer to boost reimbursement
A former executive of Phoenix-based Insys Therapeutics was charged with wire fraud conspiracy for her role in a fraud scheme that involved falsely claiming patients had cancer and other conditions.

7. California hospital sues Regence BCBS over unpaid bills
Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego filed suit against Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, alleging the insurer violated terms of their contract by failing to reimburse SMH for medical services.

8. Cigna faces allegations of prescription overcharging tactics
Cigna policyholders filed a class-action lawsuit claiming the payer charged more than 10 times the actual price of some prescription medications.

9. Physician imposter indicted for performing physicals on truck drivers
A woman from Carlisle, Pa., was formally accused of pretending to be a physician and performing physical exams on truck drivers who sought to renew their commercial driver's licenses.

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