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Health care fraud still main focus of False Claims Act

Whistle-blowers continue to drive false claims recoveries. But increased federal scrutiny of health care fraud could have physicians playing defense.

December 14, 2009
American Medical News

Health care fraud remains a key target of the federal False Claims Act, according to the Justice Dept.'s annual report on recoveries made under the statute. The study, along with recent legislative developments, indicate that the government is stepping up its enforcement activities in this area, experts said.

Health care cases made up the lion's share of false claims settlements and judgments in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, bringing in $1.6 billion, or two-thirds of the total $2.4 billion recouped. The statute gives federal officials authority to prosecute fraudulent billing of any government program. To read the complete article click here.

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