Government gets tough on healthcare fraud, collects $4.2bnBMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1187 (Published 21 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1187
- Janice Hopkins Tanne
- 1New York
A joint program by the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services recovered $4.2bn (£6.4bn; €4.8bn) in healthcare fraud in the fiscal year of 2012, the most since the anti-fraud program began in 1997. The money was stolen or otherwise improperly obtained from Medicare and Medicaid.
The program has recovered $14.9bn over the past four years—more than double the $6.7bn collected in the previous four years. Since 1997, the program has recovered more than $23bn for Medicare Trust Funds.
Attorney General Eric Holder said, “This was a record breaking year for the departments . . . Our relentless pursuit of healthcare fraud …