Entries in Healthcare Fraud (2)


Medicare Fraud Bust Nets 91 People, Including Doctors and Nurses

PhotoAlto/Frederic Cirou/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department announced on Wednesday that 91 people allegedly scammed $295 million from Medicare by falsely billing the entitlement program.

To make matters worse, some of the suspected crooks are doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, according to Attorney General Eric Holder.

In announcing the charges, Holder said they were "based on a variety of alleged fraud schemes involving various treatments and services that were not medically necessary -- and, oftentimes, were never even provided."

The crackdown netted 11 doctors, three nurses and 10 licensed health professionals.  The charges were filed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Brooklyn, New York; Chicago; Dallas; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles and Miami.

Half of the defendants came from South Florida, the reputed national leader in Medicare fraud.

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HHS, DOJ Recoup More Than $4 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) – In a joint operation, the Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Justice Department, recovered more than $4 billion in taxpayer dollars lost to fraud in 2010, reports MedPage Today. 

The DOJ has said the funds represent the largest recovery of taxpayer dollars in the department’s history.

The prevention and enforcement operation was part of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program (HCFAC), which was implemented to recover and return such funds to the Medicare Health Insurance Trust Fund, the Treasury and other departments.

The HCFAC received $350 million from the Affordable Care Act to aid in its operations.

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