Last week, the Medicare Fraud Task Force brought criminal charges against 111 people including doctors, nurses, and healthcare executives nationwide have been linked to $225 million in false Medicare claims.
The Medicare Task Force is a joint effort between the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, and FBI to crack down on Medicare fraud and false claims in an effort to avoid wrongful and wasteful spending.
Actions of the charged individuals include the submission of claims for services and equipment never rendered and the recruitment of patients in order to receive financial kickbacks.
It is reported that since the Task Force started in 2007, it has recovered more than $4 billion. The average prison sentence for those convicted has been 43 months.
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Source: Los Angeles Times