Anti-Fraud Efforts Reap Nearly $3 BillionMedicare, Medicaid recoveries both grew in FY 2009
In addition, more than $441 million in Medicaid money was retrieved as a result of anti-fraud efforts, a 28 percent increase from 2008, according to the 2009 Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Report.
U.S. Attorney's offices opened 1,014 new criminal health care fraud investigations involving 1,786 defendants in fiscal 2009, according to the report.
In touting the results, federal officials also called attention to ramped-up anti-fraud efforts in the works as a result of the recently passed healthcare reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
In addition to strengthening law enforcement capabilities, the new law "will help shift the emphasis from the old model of 'pay and chase' to a new model that puts a premium on fraud prevention and program integrity," according to a statement from Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder.