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August 30, 2011

Health fraud busts rise sharply
By Mackenzie Weinger

Federal prosecutions of health care fraud have skyrocketed and are set to rise 85 percent in 2011 over last year because of the Obama administrationís stepped up emphasis on enforcement, USA TODAY reported Tuesday. In the first eight months of this year, 903 people were busted for health care fraud, according to statistics from the non-partisan Syracuse University research organization Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. That compares with 731 people who were nabbed in all of 2010. TARC estimates that if the activity for this year remains at the same pace, the total number of prosecutions will hit 1,355 this fiscal year ó up 85 percent over last year. Health care fraud cases include investigations into doctors, nurses and executives falsely billing Medicare, or individuals sending fake accident claims to insurance companies.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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