HHS, DOJ report record health fraud recoveries

The Justice Department and the Departments of Health and Human Services are reporting record-breaking health care fraud recoveries for 2011. The Health Care Fraud and Abuse Program returned 4.1 billion dollars to the Medicare Trust Fund and the Treasury last year. That includes 2.4 billion dollars in bogus claims they recovered in civil court under the false claims act, and 1.3 billion dollars in fines and restitution in criminal cases. Officials credit a new anti fraud team the two departments first created in 2009.