Recoveries to Combat Health Care Fraud leads to Record Breaking Numbers

By KBJR News 1

Recoveries to Combat Health Care Fraud leads to Record Breaking Numbers

February 11, 2013 Updated Feb 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM CST

Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) -- A new report released Monday shows that for every dollar spent on health care-related fraud and abuse investigations in the last three years, the government recovered $7.90.

Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released the report that also says this is the highest three-year average return on investment in the 16-year history of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Program (HCFAC).

The government's health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered a record $4.2 billion in taxpayer dollars in Fiscal Year 2012, up from nearly $4.1 billion in FY 2011, from individuals and companies who attempted to defraud federal health programs.

Over the last four years, the report says the administration's enforcement efforts have recovered $14.9 billion, up from $6.7 billion over the last four years.

Since 1997, the HCFAC program has returned more than $23 billion to the Medicare Trust Funds.

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