The U.S. government appears to be making a dent in health care fraud and abuse. The Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services announced that in fiscal 2013 the federal government’s health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts recovered a record-breaking $4.3 billion, up from $4.2 billion in fiscal 2012.

The annual Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program report also showed that for every dollar spent on health care-related fraud and abuse investigations through this and other programs in the last three years, the government recovered $8.10--the highest three-year average return on investment in the 17-year history of the HCFAC Program. Over the last five years, the report also noted that the Obama Administration’s enforcement efforts have recovered $19.2 billion, up from $9.4 billion over the prior five-year period. 

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