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Kansas Reaches False Claims Act Settlement With Walgreens

TOPEKA – (February 18, 2019) – Kansas has joined a nationwide legal settlement resolving allegations that Walgreens knowingly engaged in fraudulent over-dispensing of insulin pens to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

The settlement resolves allegations that from January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2017, Walgreens repeatedly dispensed more insulin than had been prescribed to patients. The company was accused of then falsifying information on claims submitted for reimbursement to Medicare and Medicaid to obtain payment for the larger quantities.

Under the settlement, Walgreens will pay the United States and the States $209.2 million. Of this amount, $89.1 million will go to state Medicaid programs, which are jointly funded by the states and the federal government. The total recovered for Kansas will be $922,126.60, which will reimburse both federal and state funds spent by the Kansas Medicaid program as well as recover the cost of the investigation and enforcement action that led to the settlement.

This settlement arises from a whistleblower action originally filed in 2015 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York under the federal False Claims Act and the named plaintiff states’ respective false claims statutes. A National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units team conducted the investigation and settlement negotiations in coordination with the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division in the attorney general’s office.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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