HHS inspector general recovers $25.9 billion in fiscal 2010
HHS’ inspector general’s office tallied $25.9 billion in expected recoveries for all of fiscal 2010 in the office’s semiannual report to Congress. The amount includes about $21 billion in recommendations that were implemented to use funds in a better way; about $3.8 billion in investigative receivables; and another $1.1 billion in audit receivables. Meanwhile, the inspector general’s office excluded 3,340 individuals and organizations from participation in federal health programs in 2010, and reported 647 criminal actions individuals or organizations that engaged in crimes against HHS. The office also reported 378 civil actions, including False Claims Act and unjust enrichment suits filed in federal court; Civil Monetary Penalties Law settlements; and administrative recoveries related to provider self-disclosures. The office credited its partnership with the U.S. Justice Department in a growing number of strike forces that yielded 89 convictions and $71.3 million in “investigative receivables” in the second half of fiscal 2010.