DOJ, HHS claim $4 billion in health care fraud recoveries in FY2010

by Ben Vernia | January 25th, 2011

On January 24, in advance of President Obama’s State of the Union speech on January 25, the Departments of Justice and HHS released a report claiming over $4 billion of recoveries for health care fraud in the fiscal year just ended (2010). Other highlights of the departments’ Health Care Fraud Enforcement Team (HEAT) strike force efforts:

  • 140 indictments involving charges filed against 284 defendants who collectively billed the Medicare program more than $590 million;
  • 217 guilty pleas negotiated and 19 jury trials litigated, winning guilty verdicts against 23 defendants; and
  • 146 defendants were sentenced to prison during the fiscal year, averaging more than 40 months of incarceration.

HHS also announced new anti-fraud regulations arising from authority given to the agency in 2010’s health care reform law.

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