The officials from Justice Department on Tuesday announced that investigators have successfully pulled back a record-shackling $4.1bn of health care scam money during the last year.
As a result, the announcement clearly highlights the ballooned focus of Obama administration on tightening the screws on fraud in health care sector.
During 2009 and 2011, an amount of $7.20 was collected by the Federal Government for each dollar shelled out on combating fraud, as per recent stats revealed by the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Hence, the intent of the government towards fighting scams is indeed clear, mainly as the stats have showed an increase from $5.10 for each dollar washed out during the period from 1997 to 2008.
While expressing his opinion regarding the entire issue, along with explaining what all positives can be roped up from the progress being made by Obama administration in fighting fraud, Attorney General Eric Holder claimed that it is a clear demonstration of the fact that mutual efforts being made in order to avoid, track and prosecute the highly egregious occurrences in terms of health care scams have never ever been one bit stronger than what it is under the administration of President Obama. “Over the years, we've seen that as these crimes harm all of us — government agencies and programs, insurers and health care providers and individual patients”, he added.
In the meantime, officials claimed that the major portion of the entire progress is highly attributable to nine patrol groups which incessantly nosed around cities, including those in the likes of Miami and Chicago, with the intent of investigating trends in the crime world. While revealing the progress, the Justice Department revealed that HEAT, the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Teams, have prosecuted more than 175 individuals, with the 47 months being the average period of sentence.