FEDS RECOUP $1.47 BILLION IN HEALTH CARE FRAUD

By Jeffrey Young, The Hill, October 5, 2006

An interdepartmental program designed to curb waste, fraud and abuse in federal healthcare programs will collect $1.47 billion as a result of criminal or civil cases brought in the most recent year reviewed, according to a federal report issued this week.

The Department of Justice and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also announced that they jointly have deposited $8.85 billion into the Medicare trust fund since their joint program

Lawmakers, such as Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), have repeatedly pressed federal agencies to do more to recover funds due to fraud and abuse.

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