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Monday
Jan242011

US Recovers $4 Billion Stemming from Health Care Fraud

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is expected to announce Monday that the U.S. government has recovered $4 billion in connection with health care fraud.

According to USA Today, the government recovered $2.5 billion stemming from health care fraud judgements and an additional $1.5 billion in administrative findings -- as opposed to taking action in court -- in the budget year that culminated in September of 2010.

The record-breaking total is credited to whistle-blowers, who got roughly $300 million -- 15 to 25 percent of the total recovered -- in 2010 after reporting fraud they witnessed in the workplace.  The rest of the money came from individuals and pharmaceutical companies, like Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. who agreed to pay $420 million for illegally marketing a drug.

Sebelius is also expected to discuss ways the health care law will help combat fraud in 2011.

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