Legal & Regulatory Issues

Lawyers want to combine class-action lawsuits against HCA

Two separate lawsuits, one filed by the city of Brevard, N.C., and a second filed jointly by Buncombe County and the city of Asheville, N.C., could merge into a single large antitrust, class-action lawsuit against Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare and Asheville-based Mission Health, according to an Aug. 5 report from the Asheville Citizen Times.

Fired nurse settles lawsuit with California hospital over bachelor’s degree requirement

Huntington Memorial Hospital (now known as Huntington Health) in Pasadena, Calif., has settled allegations that it brought up the education of and then wrongfully fired a registered nurse who complained about discrimination and retaliation, according to a City News Service report published Aug. 8 in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.  

Healthcare billing fraud: 9 recent cases

From the conviction of a former healthcare management company leader in a $1.4 billion billing scheme, to a  Kentucky physician agreeing to pay more than $500,000 to settle allegations he submitted more than $3 million false claims to Medicare, here are nine healthcare billing fraud cases that have made headlines since June 10: 

Detroit hospital housekeepers fired for blowing whistle on unsanitary conditions, lawsuit says

Two women contracted as housekeepers at Detroit’s Harper University Hospital and Hutzel Women’s Hospital filed a lawsuit June 30, claiming they were fired in retaliation for reporting concerns about what they described as dirty operating rooms and other unsanitary conditions, according to court documents obtained by Becker’s.

Hospitals: Retirement plan lawsuits could have ‘significant detrimental’ effect

The American Hospital Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Association of American Medical Colleges filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by choosing a retirement plan other than the least expensive available.

Tenet sues to block OSHA inspection of Texas hospital

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has filed a lawsuit to prevent the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration from inspecting the Hospitals of Providence Transmountain location in El Paso, Texas, to determine whether workers there are vaccinated against COVID-19 in compliance with CMS’ vaccination mandate, Bloomberg Law reported.

Healthcare billing fraud: 11 cases

From an Alabama physician pleading guilty to submitting $28 million in improper bills to the Justice Department intervening in an $800 million fraud case against Memphis, Tenn.-based Methodist Le Bonheur, here are 11 healthcare billing fraud cases that made headlines in the last month:

Healthcare billing fraud: 7 recent cases

From 12 physicians receiving prison sentences in a $250 million billing fraud scheme to a Tennessee court allowing the Justice Department to intervene in an $800 million fraud case against Memphis, Tenn.-based Methodist Le Bonheur, here are seven healthcare billing fraud cases that made headlines since March 1:

Healthcare billing fraud: 9 recent cases

From Cincinnati-based Bon Secours Mercy Health agreeing to pay $1 million to settle allegations that it improperly billed Medicare, to a Florida physician being convicted of billing health insurance companies for $110 million in medically unnecessary services, here are nine healthcare billing fraud cases making headlines since Jan. 1: