The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported $25.9 billion of expected recoveries and savings in fiscal year (FY) 2010. The large amount is a combination of audit receivables, investigative receivables and other legislative and cost-saving actions that OIG recommended.
In addition, the OIG’s semiannual report documented that it initiated 647 criminal actions and 378 civil actions against individuals or entities that engaged in crimes against departmental programs. These actions included lawsuits under the False Claims Act (FCA), the Civil Monetary Penalties Law (CMPL) settlement and other administrative recoveries related to self-disclosure.
Finally, the report indicated the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team’s (HEAT) success in fighting fraud. That program alone recovered $71.3 million in investigative receivables.
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