OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL EXPECT $3 BILLION IN FRAUD RECOVERIES

Photobucket WASHINGTON D.C. – The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health & Human Services has been working hard. In its semi-annual report for October 2010 through March 2011, the OIG’s office reported that it expected to recover approximately $222 million from audits and another $3.2 billion from criminal and civil actions. As a result of investigations during that time period the OIG also doled out 883 new exclusions to persons and entities, barring them from participating in Federal health care programs.
The OIG’s report continued by revealing more than 100 perpetrators of health care fraud had been arrested, and in February 2011, Medicare Strike Force teams with more than 300 agents fanned out across the country and arrested more than 100 suspects in nine cities. Owners and executives of health care service companies, doctors and nurses, among others found themselves accused of fraudulent billing practices, money laundering, receipt of kickbacks and identity theft.
The OIG’s success resulted from a collaborative effort with the Department of Justice, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, State Medicaid Fraud Control Units, other OIGs offices, State agencies and local law enforcement.
Federal Healthcare Fraud Strike Force teams are currently operating in 9 locations: Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, Detroit, Brooklyn, Tampa, Baton Rouge, Dallas and Chicago.
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