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Apology laws lead to more—not fewer—lawsuits, study finds

June 17, 2019


Many experts believed that so-called "apology laws"—which allow doctors to apologize to patients for an error without that admission being used against them in court—might help reduce malpractice lawsuits, but an analysis published earlier this year shows they could have the opposite effect.

Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue Trump admin over 'conscience' rules

June 14, 2019


Advocacy groups on Tuesday filed lawsuits against HHS to block a Trump administration rule that will allow health care workers to deny care to patients based on the workers' religious beliefs.

Opioid suits lead Insys to file for bankruptcy—and other drugmakers could follow

June 12, 2019


Insys Therapeutics on Monday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, just days after the drugmaker agreed to pay $225 million to settle allegations that it paid kickbacks to physicians to encourage them to prescribe its highly addictive opioid—and some observers say similar allegations could cause other drugmakers to follow Insys' lead.

SCOTUS just sided with hospitals over $4B in Medicare payments

June 4, 2019


The Supreme Court in a 7-1 decision has upheld a lower court ruling that CMS improperly changed Medicare's disproportionate-share hospital payment formula.

Are high hospital salaries really kickbacks? DOJ is bringing lawsuits to crack down.

June 3, 2019


Hospitals increasingly are offering high salaries to specialists whose businesses are big referral generators, but the federal government is heightening its scrutiny of these practices—and recently has brought several suits that allege these arrangements count as kickbacks.

Civil rights groups file suit to stop HHS' 'conscience' rule

May 30, 2019


A coalition of civil rights organizations on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that seeks to block a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and medically assisted death.

The saga continues: Pennsylvania Supreme Court kicks UPMC-Highmark case back to lower court

May 30, 2019


The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 4-3 to order a lower court to reconsider its decision to allow a consent decree mandating that UPMC hospitals accept patients insured by Highmark Health to expire on June 30.

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