California bill would shield patients from out-of-network bills

By Harris Meyer  |  September 03, 2016

California medical consumers will enjoy strong new protection against surprise out-of-network medical bills starting next July under a hard-fought bill overwhelmingly approved last week by the state Legislature. It’s widely expected that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown will sign it.

Hospital, hepatitis C outbreak victims reach settlement

By Associated Press  |  August 31, 2016

Trinity Health and its hospital in Minot, N.D., have agreed in principal on a legal settlement with 21 victims of the largest hepatitis C outbreak in recent U.S. history, though Trinity's legal fight with a nursing home where most people were sickened will continue.

Patient says Dignity Health denied gender-transition care despite HHS rule

By Erica Teichert  |  August 30, 2016

A transgender man says a Dignity Health hospital allegedly canceled his hysterectomy a day before the scheduled operation because of the system's faith-based policies, according to local media reports. It's the latest challenge against the Catholic system's ethical and religious directives.

Valeant is sued over Philidor ties, alleged racketeering

By Associated Press  |  August 29, 2016

The proposed class-action complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan on behalf of unionized New York City police detectives and hotel workers, regarding Valeant's ties to the now defunct specialty pharmacy Philidor RX Services.

Ex-Sacred Heart exec sentenced to one year for bribery scheme

By Erica Teichert  |  August 29, 2016

The former chief operating officer of a now-closed Chicago hospital will serve one year in prison for his involvement in a kickback scheme that bribed doctors to refer Medicare and Medicaid patients to the hospital.

Alere sues Abbott Laboratories to complete $5.8 billion merger

By Erica Teichert  |  August 29, 2016

Abbott waffled on its commitment to purchase Alere in April because of concerns about the accuracy of Alere's statements and representations in the agreement. The North Chicago, Ill., company this month warned that it may not go through with the proposal.

Overpayment settlement puts health systems on notice

Overpayment settlement puts health systems on notice

By Erica Teichert  |  August 27, 2016

Three hospitals within Mount Sinai Health System will pay nearly $3 million to settle a whistle-blower suit alleging they held onto Medicaid overpayments beyond the 60-day repayment window, marking one of the first settlements over an issue that could affect health systems across the country.

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