9 latest lawsuits involving hospitals

The following hospital lawsuits were reported in the past month, beginning with the most recent.

1. Anthem Blue Cross accuses California hospital of $13.5M billing scheme: 9 things to know
Anthem Blue Cross is accusing Sonoma West Medical Center and the hospital's owner, Palm Drive Health Care District, both in Sebastopol, Calif., of fraudulently billing for toxicology testing services.

2. SSM Health hospital hit with physician kickback allegations: 4 things to know
Fond du Lac, Wis.-based Agnesian HealthCare faces a federal lawsuit alleging the nonprofit hospital defrauded Medicare.

3. Georgia hospital group sues Anthem over new ER and imaging policies
Atlanta-based Piedmont Hospital and five sister facilities sued Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and its parent company, Anthem.

4. Former United Medical Center CMO files lawsuit alleging he was fired in whistle-blower retaliation
Julian Craig, MD, the former CMO at Washington, D.C.-based United Medical Center, filed a lawsuit against the hospital and its management consultants claiming he was fired in retaliation for speaking out about problems at the facility.

5. Lawsuit alleges Michigan hospital discriminated against applicant's religious beliefs on flu shots
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against Owosso, Mich.-based Memorial Healthcare, alleging the hospital rescinded a woman's job offer because her religious views did not allow her to receive a flu shot.

6. Former employee sues New Mexico hospital for discrimination
A former employee is accusing Albuquerque-based University of New Mexico Hospital of workplace discrimination.

7. Henry Ford Allegiance, DOJ settle 3 years of litigation over hospital's marketing practices
Jackson, Mich.-based Henry Ford Allegiance Health ended nearly three years of litigation concerning its marketing practices with rival hospitals after reaching a proposed settlement with the Department of Justice.

8. Former UCLA physician claims gender discrimination forced her from leadership position
A former physician at Los Angeles-based UCLA Health said she was forced from her position as director of the medical school's lymphoma program because the school's male administration did not acknowledge her complaints of age and gender discrimination.

9. Judge: Physician's hiring collusion lawsuit will extend to roughly 5,600 medical school professors at Duke, UNC
A U.S. District Court judge ruled Feb. 1 a former Durham, N.C.-based Duke University School of Medicine physician's lawsuit claiming Duke engaged in hiring collusion with a neighboring university will become a class-action lawsuit covering more than 5,600 professors between the two institutions.

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