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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.

SCOTUS sidesteps ruling on Indiana abortion ban

May 29, 2019

The Supreme Court in an order issued Tuesday upheld part of an Indiana law that requires abortion providers to ensure fetuses are buried or cremated, but the Court chose not to weigh in on a part of the law that banned abortions sought because of fetal abnormalities or the fetus' race, sex, or ancestry.

HHS proposal would rescind Obama-era protections for transgender individuals

May 28, 2019

HHS on Friday issued a proposed rule that would roll back a regulation issued under former President Barack Obama's administration that prohibits health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against transgender individuals.

SCOTUS gives whistleblowers more time to file false claims suits

May 28, 2019

The Supreme Court earlier this month in a unanimous ruling upheld an appeals court ruling that gives whistleblowers more time to bring cases under the False Claims Act—a ruling health care industry legal experts say could increase the number of whistleblower lawsuits.

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