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Date:4/27/2010

civil recovery.

This settlement is part of the government's emphasis on combating health care fraud and another step for the HEAT initiative, which was announced by Attorney General Holder and Secretary Sebelius in May 2009.  The partnership between the two departments has focused efforts to reduce and prevent Medicare and Medicaid fraud through enhanced cooperation. One of the most powerful tools in that effort is the FCA, which the Justice Department has used to recover almost $2.8 billion since January 2009 in cases involving fraud against federal health care programs.  The Justice Department's total recoveries in FCA cases since January 2009 are over $3.75 billion.

The civil settlement was reached by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Justice Department's Civil Division.  This investigation was conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General and the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations.  Assistance was provided by representatives of FDA's Office of Chief Counsel and the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units.


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