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DOJ statement on fighting healthcare fraud

DOJ statement on fighting healthcare fraud

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Department of JusticeSTATEMENTOFTONY WESTASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERALCIVIL DIVISIONDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEBEFORE THECOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONSSubcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related AgenciesUNITED STATES SENATEENTITLED“Fighting Fraud and Waste in Medicare and Medicaid”PRESENTED ONFEBRUARY 15, 2011
 
 
 
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STATEMENT OFTONY WESTASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERALCIVIL DIVISIONDEPARTMENT OF JUSTICEBEFORE THECOMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONSSubcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Labor, and Related AgenciesUNITED STATES SENATE“Fighting Fraud and Waste in Medicare and Medicaid”February 15, 2011
Chairman Harkin, Senator Shelby, and Members of the Committee: I am honored toappear before you today on behalf of the Department of Justice and I appreciate the opportunityto discuss the work of the Civil Division to combat fraud and secure the recovery of monies onbehalf of American taxpayers. I also am pleased to be here today with our valued partner inthese enforcement efforts, Deputy Administrator Peter Budetti from the Centers for Medicare &Medicaid Services.The Civil Division represents the United States, its agencies and instrumentalities,Members of Congress, Cabinet officers and other Federal employees. The Division is made upof approximately 1,400 permanent employees, more than 1,000 of whom are attorneys. Eachyear, Division attorneys handle thousands of cases that collectively involve billions of dollars inclaims and recoveries. In my capacity as Assistant Attorney General, I oversee much of theFederal Government’s civil litigation across the country, including many of the JusticeDepartment’s efforts to protect consumers and recapture billions of taxpayer dollars lost to fraud,such as health care fraud, procurement fraud, and mortgage fraud.
 
 
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OVERVIEW OF COMBATING FRAUD AND SECURINGRECOVERIES ON BEHALF OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS
The Department takes seriously its obligation to guard the United States Treasury. Overthe last year, the Department has made significant strides in protecting taxpayer dollars – as wellas the integrity of government programs that depend on those dollars – through aggressive civilenforcement actions aimed at rooting out waste, fraud, and abuse. For FY (FY) 2010, the CivilDivision, working with our partners in United States Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country,secured $3 billion in civil settlements and judgments in cases involving fraud against thegovernment. Our primary tool in these fraud enforcement matters is the False Claims Act, whichrequires that wrongdoers repay the government three times the amount of their false orfraudulent claims and also imposes significant penalties. Although the False Claims Act datesback to the Civil War, it has been significantly strengthened in recent years to enhance itswhistleblower provisions and to strengthen the government’s ability to recover taxpayer dollars.I am glad to say that amounts recovered under the False Claims Act since January 2009 haveeclipsed any previous two-year period, with $7 billion in taxpayer dollars returned to theMedicare Trust Fund, the Treasury, and others since 1986, when Congress substantiallystrengthened the civil False Claims Act, now total nearly $29 billion. These matters haveconsisted of fraud against a variety of federal agencies and programs. Our most significantrecoveries, however, have been those alleging fraud and false claims schemes perpetrated againstgovernment health care programs, most notably the Medicare and Medicaid programs. It is thisarea to which I will devote the remainder of my testimony today.

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