Moreover, Arriva Medical allegedly submitted false claims to Medicare on behalf of deceased beneficiaries.
Arriva Medical and Alere violated the Anti-Kickback Statute from April 2010 until the end of 2016. Arriva Medical ceased operations in December 2017.
In a statement, DOJ Civil Division Acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton said, “Paying illegal inducements to Medicare beneficiaries in the form of free items and routine copayment waivers can result in overutilization and waste taxpayer funds. We will continue to protect the integrity of the Medicare program by pursuing fraudulent claims arising from violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute or other applicable reimbursement requirements.”
On the other hand, Special Agent in Charge Derrick Jackson of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), commented, “Engaging in activities that result in the submission of false claims to Medicare diverts funding from the necessary treatment and medical supplies beneficiaries need. We will continue working with our law enforcement partners to hold accountable those who seek to enrich themselves by submitting false claims to federal health care programs.”