A judge dismissed a federal lawsuit over uninsured-patient billing against Christus Health, Dallas, and related organizations, saying, "The plaintiff cannot prevail on any of her claims under any imaginable theory."
U.S. District Judge Howell Cobb in Beaumont, Texas, dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice on all counts and criticized a wave of similar suits filed against hospitals and health systems nationwide. "The bleeding must stop," Cobb said in his opinion.
The majority of uninsured-billing suits have been filed by a legal consortium led by Oxford, Miss., attorney Richard Scruggs. The Christus case was not among them. The Scruggs consortium's effort, which has failed almost completely in federal courts, won a state court victory April 15, when a judge in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Ore., denied a motion to dismiss a case against Legacy Health System there.