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8 latest healthcare industry lawsuits


From an Indiana health system facing an antitrust lawsuit to Georgia’s most populated county filing a lawsuit against drug companies and physicians over the opioid epidemic, here are the latest healthcare industry lawsuits making headlines.

1. IU Health faces antitrust lawsuit over ambulance service
Monroe Hospital in Bloomington, Ind., is suing Indianapolis-based Indiana University Health in federal court, claiming IU Health has an unfair advantage in the Bloomington market as its ambulances are the sole responders to 911 calls in Monroe County.

2. Former executive of Cleveland Clinic spinoff charged in $2.8M fraud scheme
The former chief technology officer of a Cleveland Clinic spinoff company was arrested and charged for his role in a conspiracy to defraud the hospital system out of at least $2.8 million.

3. Judge confirms fired Swedish Health neurosurgeon’s $17.5M award, orders Swedish to pay additional fees
A judge confirmed the $17.5 million award previously granted to David Newell, MD, a former neurosurgeon at Seattle-based Swedish Health.

4. Vermont hospital wants its contractual ED operator, Dartmouth Hitchcock, to pay damages in patient malpractice lawsuit
Lawyers on behalf of Brattleboro (Vt.) Memorial Hospital asked a judge to compel the hospital’s emergency department operator, Lebanon, N.H.-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock, to pay all potential fines and damages associated with a patient malpractice lawsuit filed in May.

5. Trump can refuse to pay ACA subsidies, judge says
A U.S. judge ruled against 18 states and the District of Columbia in a court battle over the current administration’s decision to end cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers. 

6. Georgia’s most populated county files opioid epidemic lawsuit
Fulton County officials filed a lawsuit against multiple drugmakers, drug distributors and physicians for their alleged role in facilitating high rates of opioid overdoses in the Georgia county.

7. Aetna served 3rd lawsuit over HIV status disclosure
A third lawsuit was filed against Aetna Oct. 20, alleging the insurer violated patient privacy when it inadvertently disclosed the HIV status of roughly 12,000 people in July. 

8. Judge tosses out VA Cerner lawsuit: 4 things to know
A Court of Federal Claims judge dismissed a lawsuit that involved the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ no-bid contract with Cerner as its systemwide EHR.

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