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Abbott Consultant Must Face Medicare Kickback Claims

March 25, 2020, 3:57 PM

The federal government adequately accused a reimbursement consultant and his company, Grapevine Inc., of violating the False Claims Act by engaging in a kickback scheme to defraud Medicare, a Tennessee federal court said.

Through Grapevine, defendant Ted Albin is a consultant with Abbott Laboratories Inc., which purchased defendants Arriva Medical LLC and Alere Inc. in 2017, the government says.

The government’s complaint sufficiently asserts that Albin and Grapevine participated in a scheme whereby defendants improperly forgave Medicare patients’ payments to increase their use of diabetes supplies like glucose meters, Judge Aleta A. Trauger of the U.S. District Court...

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