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DOJ Recovers $2.6B in Healthcare Fraud Settlements, Judgments in 2019 Print E-mail
Written by Vitale Health Law   
Tuesday, 14 January 2020 17:51

The federal government said it was making healthcare fraud a priority, and from the numbers just released by the U.S. Department of Justice, it appears to be bearing fruit. The DOJ announced last week that it recovered more than $3 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2019. Out of that total, healthcare made up the bulk, with $2.6 billion recovered from drug and medical device manufacturers, managed care providers, hospitals, pharmacies, hospice organizations, laboratories and physicians. It is the tenth consecutive year the department's civil healthcare fraud settlements and judgments exceeded $2 billion. The $2.6 billion figure does not include the millions of dollars recovered for state Medicaid programs. Whistleblowers continued to play a big role in recoveries, with 633 qui tam suits filed this past year - an average of more than 12 new cases every week, according to DOJ. Of the $3 billion recovered, more than $2.1 billion grew out of lawsuits filed under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. During the same period, the government paid out $265 million to the individuals who exposed fraud and false claims by filing these actions, according to DOJ.

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