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HHS claims big returns from health care fraud reforms

The Department of Health and Human Services says new federal laws designed to fight medicare fraud are paying dividends. HHS says it recovered 4.1 billion dollars in fraudulent claims last year. And the number of fraud prosecutions was up 75 percent compared with fiscal year 2008. HHS also revoked almost 5,000 Medicaid providers and 57,000 Medicare providers, and used computerized edits to stop more than 200 million dollars in implausible claims before they went out the door, and turned into improper payments.