The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released their annual Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program report. The good news is that courageous individual whistleblowers are helping the government recover unprecedented amounts in the war against health care fraud. The bad news is that fraud continues to run rampant in the health care industry, costing taxpayers billions of dollars each year, as well as depriving health care services from those who need it most.
In 2013, the federal government recovered $4.3 billion, up from $4.2 billion in 2012, against companies who defrauded federal health care programs. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the government has increased health care fraud recoveries. Additionally, the DOJ opened 1,013 new criminal health care fraud investigations and 1,083 new civil investigations against 1,910 potential defendants. As these investigations progress, 2014 should continue the record-setting trend.
The government’s successes came largely as a result of the bravery and diligence of individual whistleblowers who reported fraudulent activity they witnessed in the health care industry. Without the assistance of these men and women, the massive recoveries of taxpayer dollars would not have been possible. In short, we need to raise the awareness of health care fraud because you can make a difference.
If you, a family member, or someone you know has information concerning health care fraud or any type of fraud against the government, lawyers at Beasley Allen would welcome the opportunity to assist you. Lawyers in our firm have played a significant role in the campaign against health care fraud in the last decade, and have obtained unprecedented recoveries for both individual and governmental clients. For more information, you can visit our website at www.BeasleyAllen.com or you can call 800-898-2034 and ask for Chad Stewart (Chad.Stewart@beasleyallen.com), Larry Golston (Larry.Golston@BeasleyAllen.com), Lance Gould (Lance.Gould@BeasleyAllen.com), Archie Grubb (Archie.Grubb@BeasleyAllen.com), or Andrew Brashier (Andrew.Brashier@BeasleyAllen.com). Each of these lawyers is actively involved in ongoing whistleblower litigation.
Sources: www.whistleblower-insider.com; www.compliance.com; and www.hhs.gov
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