DHHS and DOJ: Fraud crackdown nets record-breaking recoveries

Thursday, February 14, 2013

WASHINGTON – The government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered a record $4.2 billion in taxpayer dollars in FY 2012, up from nearly $4.1 billion in 2011, according to a press release from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For every dollar spent on health care-related fraud and abuse investigations in the last three years, the government recovered $7.90—the highest three-year average return on investment in the 16-year history of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse (HCFAC) Program, a fact highlighted in the annual HCFAC Program report recently released by Attorney General Eric Holder and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Over the last four years, joint enforcement efforts have recovered $14.9 billion, up from $6.7 billion over the prior four-year period. The findings are a “result of President Obama making the elimination of fraud, waste and abuse, particularly in health care, a top priority for the administration,” according to the press release.