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Justices appear split on lawsuits over low Medicaid rates

Justices appear split on lawsuits over low Medicaid rates

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 20, 2015

Some U.S. Supreme Court justices are skeptical, based on questions they posed Tuesday, that healthcare providers should be allowed to sue state Medicaid agencies over low reimbursement rates. Other justices, though, asked where providers can challenge rates if not in court.

Ruling revives generic gout drug

Ruling revives generic gout drug

By Jaimy Lee  |  January 17, 2015

Cheaper versions of a gout drug that went from nickels to dollars per pill in 2009 because of a Food and Drug Administration program may soon return to the market.

Pennsylvania settles Medicaid payments case for $48.8 million

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 16, 2015

The state of Pennsylvania will pay the federal government $48.8 million to settle claims that it provided Medicaid and other benefits to non-citizens who should not have been covered, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

Fired employees sue Soon-Shiong's NantHealth

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 15, 2015

Two former employees of NantHealth, owned by billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, are suing the company, alleging they were fired for objecting to illegal practices that could have hurt patients and the company's bottom line. A NantHealth executive described the suit as part of an attempt to extort...

Court strikes down higher wages for home healthcare workers

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 14, 2015

A federal judge Wednesday decided to undo a new U.S. Labor Department rule that would have meant higher wages for many home healthcare workers, writing in the opinion that their exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay protections was meant to keep home healthcare affordable.

High court ACA case will drive 2015 healthcare debate

High court ACA case will drive 2015 healthcare debate

By Paul Demko  |  January 10, 2015

The specter of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down premium subsidies for millions of Americans will loom over the healthcare policy debate in Washington during the first half of 2015, and its fallout could dominate the second half of the year.

Supreme Court case could spur more fraud suits

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 10, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case Tuesday that some legal experts say could lead to more healthcare fraud lawsuits and extend the statute of limitations.

Contaminated water lawsuit may leave a bad taste for healthcare

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 09, 2015

A U.S. Supreme Court case involving water treatment, warfare and Iraq might not seem like litigation that would affect healthcare leaders. But Kellogg, Brown & Root Services, Inc. v. United States ex. rel. Carter—which the court will hear Tuesday—could have major implications for...

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