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Oct 24, 2011 by |

U.S. recoups $1.85 billion from Medicaid fraud

On behalf of The Evans Law Firm on Monday, October 24, 2011.


The Obama administration, with the bipartisan help in Congress, has more than tripled the amount of money it has recovered through efforts to stopMedicaid fraud in the past six years. In 2004, the government recouped gained $573 million through fraud prosecutions, but in 2010, it gained $1.85 billion. This recovery was made possible by a 57% increase in the amount of grant money to state Medicaid Fraud Control Units (up from $131 million to $205.5 million).

Because Medicaid fraud techniques run the gamut, unique techniques must be used to identify and fight those who commit fraud. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have sent more resources to the high-risk areas such as Florida and Texas. And, now Medicaid contractors who audit claims are required to report all possible fraud to law enforcement agencies.

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