Kentucky AG accuses medical company of Medicaid fraud

Kentucky’s attorney general is accusing a medical company of Medicaid fraud for allegedly promoting a kidney dialysis product it knew was harmful to patients.
    
Attorney General Andy Beshear said Thursday his lawsuit seeks damages and civil penalties from Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Inc. His suit, filed in Franklin County Circuit Court, says Fresenius is the nation’s largest provider of kidney dialysis and renal care products, treatment and services.
    
The company did not immediately offer comment when reached by phone.
    
Beshear says the company put patients at risk with use of its GranuFlo product, which was used in screening blood to remove impurities during dialysis. He says the company concealed the product’s risks of causing heart attacks, strokes or arrhythmia.
    
He says the federal government issued a 2012 recall for the product.

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