A new report shows that the federal the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered nearly $4.1 billion in fiscal year 2011 – the largest amount ever recovered from alleged perpetrators of fraud.
The findings were released Tuesday as part of the annual Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program (HCFAC) report. According to government officials, the recovery of money that came from defrauding the elderly and other taxpayers was made possible by the Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT). HEAT was created in 2009 to prevent fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and to crack down on the fraud perpetrators who abuse the system and cost taxpayers billions of dollars.
“This report reflects unprecedented successes by the Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services in aggressively preventing and combating health care fraud, safeguarding precious taxpayer dollars and ensuring the strength of our essential health care programs,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “We can all be proud of what's been achieved in the last fiscal year by the Department’s prosecutors, analysts and investigators – and by our partners at HHS. These efforts reflect a strong, ongoing commitment to fiscal accountability and to helping the American people at a time when budgets are tight.”