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May 6, 2016

Are Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Rates on the Decline?
By Catherine Sampson

TRAC, which is a research organization at Syracuse University, recently published a report regarding healthcare fraud trends using data from the Justice Department for its findings. For the first six months of this year, the government reported 239 new healthcare fraud prosecutions. In 2015, there were a total of 622 prosecutions, according to TRAC data. If this trend continues, there will be a total of 478 prosecutions by the end of 2016. This would mean that 2016 would have 23.2 percent less healthcare prosecutions than 2015. Additionally, prosecutions over the past year are lower than they were a decade ago. Healthcare fraud prosecutions are currently down by 9.5 percent from 2006 levels. Data from TRAC also reviewed that there was a massive spike in prosecutions in 2011, when 1,235 healthcare fraud cases took place. The following year, the number dipped back down to nearly 700 cases.

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