Anti-Fraud Record: Per Dollar Spent, $8 Recovered
HSS boasts recovering $4.2B last year in health-care fraud effort
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2013 9:10 AM CST
In this Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius speaks at HHS headquarters in Washington.   (AP Photo Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

(Newser) – And the health-care fraud records just keep coming: The government last year recovered a record $4.2 billion that was stolen or illegally obtained from federal health-care programs, reports USA Today. That brings the since-2010 equation to this: $7.90 has been recouped via fines and legal judgments for each dollar spent in the health-care fraud crackdown, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. More impressive figures:

  • The government wiped nearly 10% of the nation's 1.5 million Medicare providers from Medicare's billing system last year.

  • All told, over the past four years, the Health Care Fraud and Abuse program has recovered $14.9 billion, up from $6.7 billion in the four years prior.
  • Some 826 defendants were convicted of health care fraud-related crimes last year.
"This fight against fraud strengthens the integrity of our health-care programs and helps us fulfill our commitment to our seniors," said Sebelius in a statement.

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Feb 13, 2013 11:23 AM CST
Great picture for this article, she kinda looks like a cat with wiskers. "I haz recuvred $8"
Feb 12, 2013 6:38 PM CST
I said back in the '70s that instead of cutting benefits to poor people to eliminate fraud what they needed to do was increase enforcement and investigation. Forty years later my brilliant idea was proven to be the right one all along. What a surprise.
Feb 12, 2013 12:53 PM CST
Awesome, great job. Thank You