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Health Care Fraud: Newest Numbers and Enforcement Actions

The U.S. Justice Department recently announced that it recovered more than $3 billion in settlements and judgments in civil health care and war-related fraud cases in the last fiscal year. The vast majority of the $3 billion—$2.8 billion—was recovered under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act (FCA). Additionally, of the $3 billion, $2.4 billion involved health care fraud, most of which was attributed to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Since January 2009, the Department has recovered $8.7 billion ($6.6 billion attributable to federal health care dollars), which is the largest three year total in the Department’s history.

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