The Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that the government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered more than $4.1 billion in FY 2011. Attorney General Holder in making the announcement emphasized that health care fraud remains one of the Department’s priorties.
Also released were some interesting statistics regarding health care prosecutions in 2011. A total of 1,340 defendants were charged with health care offenses, the highest number of health care fraud defendants ever charged in a single year in Department history. A total of 743 defendants were convicted of health care related crimes last year.
In criminal matters related to the pharmaceutical and device manufacturing industry, DOJ reported 21 criminal convictions and $1.3 billion in fines, forfeitures, restitution and disgorgement.
Astonishingly, DOJ reported that approximately $2.4 billion was recovered through False Claims Act cases last year. That is the second consecutive year that more than $2 billion has been recovered in False Claims cases related to health care fraud.