DOJ: Alere Unit Billed Medicare For Diabetic Testing Supplies For The Dead
Alere Medical and its now-defunct subsidiary Arriva Medical will pay the US government $160m to settle allegations that they violated the False Claims Act. It’s the second settlement that Alere has entered into with the Department of Justice in recent weeks.
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The US Department of Justice collected more than $5.6bn in settlements from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year 2021. Of that total, $1.6bn stemmed from cases brought by whistleblowers.
The settlements resolve False Claims Act allegations against St. Jude and Alere, as well as misbranding allegations against Avanos Medical.
Alere subsidiary Arriva Medical routinely gave Medicare beneficiaries glucometers they didn’t need and billed the government for them, a recently unsealed lawsuit claims.