HHS in­spec­tor gen­eral re­cov­ers $25.9 bil­lion in fis­cal 2010

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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.

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