Health & Human Services Fraud Prevention Program Reports $1.63 Billion Gained in Court

In the previous fiscal year, the department of Health and Human Services reported winning and settling over $1.63 billion worth of fraud cases in court. In addition to this fraud money returned, the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program, within the HHS, reported the transfer of $2.51 billion in new funds to the Medicare Trust Fund. A total of 583 defendants were convicted on health care fraud-related charges.

On the whole, $2.576 billion was deposited with the Department of the Treasury and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The money was gained through criminal fraud penalties, civil monetary penalties, and gifts and bequests made toward the funds.

The Office of Inspector General excluded a total of 2,556 individuals and entities from the healthcare sphere during the previous year. These were based on criminal convictions for crimes related to Medicare and Medicaid and other healthcare programs, and also expanded to patient abuse or neglect.

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