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

(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.

In this Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius speaks at HHS headquarters in Washington.
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)
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