Health care fraud probe pays off: U.S. recovers billions

The $4.2 billion recovery marks the highest three-year average in history

The Obama administration should be proud of itself. This week, it announced that through its efforts to combat fraud within Medicare and Medicaid programs, it recovered a record $4.2 billion in 2012 from fraudsters and cheaters.

According to a report released yesterday by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, for each dollar the administration spent on fighting fraud in the health care programs, it brought in $7.90. This is the highest three-year average return on investment in the 16-year history of the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Program, according to yesterday’s announcement.


Cathleen Flahardy

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