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Fact Sheet: Department of Justice Efforts to Combat Health Care Fraud and Abuse
Date:5/28/2008

physicians when, in fact,

no such prescriptions had been made.

Other HCFAC Successes:

Since the inception of the HCFAC program in 1997, the Department's criminal and civil enforcement efforts funded by this program, along with partners from the Department of Health and Human Services, and Medicaid Fraud Control Units, have:

-- Returned approximately $12.9 billion overall to the federal government,

of which $11.2 billion has been transferred to the Medicare Trust Fund.

-- Transferred another $870 million in federal Medicaid fraud recoveries to

the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

-- Resulted in more than 5,000 criminal convictions for health care fraud

offenses.

-- Returned nearly $4.50 for every dollar spent on health care fraud

enforcement.

-- Last year, the Department convicted 560 defendants of health care fraud

offenses -- the highest number to date -- and a 54 percent increase

since the program began in 1997.


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