US rakes in $2.4B in healthcare fraud recoveries

In fiscal year 2015, the government recovered $2.4 billion from healthcare fraud judgments, settlements and additional impositions in healthcare fraud cases and proceedings, according to the Department of Justice.

The recoveries were attributable partially to the work of the Health Care Fraud And Abuse Control program, which is designed to coordinate federal, state and local law enforcement activities to combat healthcare fraud. Since its inception in 1997, the program has returned more than $29.4 billion to the Medicare trust funds. In FY 2015, the HCFAC program returned $6.10 for each dollar invested.

The federal False Claims Act is another tool the government uses to combat healthcare fraud. In 2015, the DOJ obtained more than $1.9 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against federal healthcare programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

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