Department of Justice FY 2011 Requests $236.6 M Budget Increase – $60.2 M Increase Sought to Fight Health Care Fraud

budget.jpgThe FY 2011 Budget requests a $234.6 million increase, including 708 new positions (143 agents and 157 attorneys), to restore confidence in U.S.markets, protect the federal treasury and defend the interests of the U.S. Government.
This includes an additional $96.8 million for economic fraud enforcement, which is a 23 percent increase over the FY 2010 level. This increase will continue the department’s efforts to aggressively pursue traditional law enforcement and litigation activities ranging from mortgage fraud, corporate fraud and other economic crimes, to other mission-critical activities that support the overall functioning and efficiency of the department.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) budget requests a $60.2 million increase specifically for DOJ components involved in the investigation and litigation of health care fraud cases. This increase will further the efforts of the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) initiative, which was announced last year by Attorney General Holder and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
DOJ’s efforts to combat health care fraud are funded almost exclusively through reimbursements from the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) account administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In FY 2010, the HCFAC account provided $211.4 million in mandatory and discretionary funding for the DOJ litigating components and the FBI which are engaged in combating health care fraud. The increased funding will permit DOJ to expand Medicare Fraud Strike Force operations in order to target agents and attorneys to the criminal hubs where health care fraud activities occur. In addition, these funds will be used for civil enforcement efforts, including alleged fraud by pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. These anti-fraud efforts have the potential to save $2.7 billion over five years by improving oversight and stopping fraud in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
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