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The Tampa Tribune
February 23, 2014

Feds make Medicare fraud a top priority
By Elaine Silvestrini

Healthcare fraud is estimated to cost the country $80 billion a year, and it's growing, according to the FBI and Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. And healthcare fraud prosecutions are on the rise nationwide, according to a recent report from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which tallied prosecutions brought under a specific Healthcare Fraud statute and found 366 cases last year, a 3 percent increase over the previous year. In the Tampa area, the number of cases has fluctuated from year to year and was down in 2013, but officials anticipate a spike this year as cases that have been investigated begin to result in charges and more resources are being dedicated to healthcare fraud.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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