7 latest healthcare industry lawsuits, settlements

From a nonprofit group suing Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems to the owner of a home health agency sentenced to 17 years in prison, here are the latest lawsuits and settlements making headlines.

1. Lawsuit claims CHS failed to provide up to $110M in charity care
A nonprofit group filed a lawsuit Monday against Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems, alleging the for-profit hospital operator failed to provide sufficient charity care at two of its Washington hospitals.

2. 9 Tennessee counties file opioid epidemic lawsuit against drugmakers
Three Tennessee district attorneys general filed a lawsuit Tuesday against drugmakers for allegedly contributing to the rising rates of opioid overdoses in the state.

3. Georgia pharmacy, pharmacist to pay $2.2M to settle false billing case
Rhine (Ga.) Drug Co. and pharmacist Andrew Clements Jr. agreed to pay a combined $2.2 million to resolve allegations they violated the Controlled Substances Act and the False Claims Act.

4. Widow of infection victim testifies in civil suit against Olympus over contaminated scopes
The family of a Seattle man who died of an infection received from a contaminated scope testified in a civil suit against Tokyo-based Olympus Corp., the manufacturer of the device.

5. 6 Medicaid beneficiaries sue Iowa governor over state's transition to privately-run program
Six Iowa Medicaid beneficiaries are suing Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds over allegations the state's switch to a privately run Medicaid program led to decreased assistance for disabled members.

6. Cancer scientist wins preliminary victory in suit against Steward Health Care over shut down lab
Lynn Hlatky, PhD, won a preliminary victory over Boston-based Steward Health Care in Suffolk Superior Court, where she is seeking $35 million in damages for the destruction of her cancer research lab in 2014.

7. Owner of Dallas home health agency sentenced to 17 years in prison
Wilbert James Veasey Jr., owner of Dallas-based home health firm Apple of Your Eye Healthcare Services, was sentenced to 17 years in prison and ordered to pay over $23 million in restitution penalties for his role in a long-running Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme.

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