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U.S. government joins lawsuit against Abbott companies
Modern Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined a six-year-old lawsuit against companies bought by Abbott Laboratories in which they’re accused of submitting false Medicare claims for unnecessary devices for diabetic patients and paying kickbacks to the patients.The lawsuit alleges Florida-based mail-order diabetic testing supply company Arriva Medical and parent Alere, a Massachusetts-based medical device firm that acquired Arriva in 2011, required all new customers to receive “free upgrades” of glucometers and then submitted false claims to Medicare for medically unnecessary meters.

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