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January 16, 2014

Healthcare fraud cases reach record high
By Alicia Caramenico

Last year saw 377 federal healthcare fraud cases, a 3 percent increase from the previous year, a 7.7 percent increase compared to five years ago, and a 9.9 percent bump from nine years ago, according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), a Syracuse University-based nonprofit group that tracks federal spending, staffing and enforcement activities. TRAC obtained the latest available data from the Department of Justice through a Freedom of Information Act and found 377 marks the highest annual count since the federal Health Care Fraud law was passed. Moreover, the latest numbers suggest the FBI and the Department of Health & Human Services are putting more focus on rooting out wrongdoing, TRAC Co-Director Susan Long told the AP. "Clearly the numbers suggest this is an area the [Obama] administration is not ignoring," Long said.

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