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August 24, 2011

Feds cracking down on health care fraud
By Christina Jewett

The federal government is on track to prosecute nearly twice as many health care fraud cases compared with last year, renewing criticism of the government's “pay and chase” system of paying health care claims rapidly and pursuing fraud later. The data is from a report released last week by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a project based at Syracuse University that tracks federal prosecutions. The federal government has reported 903 health care fraud prosecutions in the first eight months of 2011, a number that already exceeds the 731 cases reported during the last fiscal year, according to TRAC. At the current rate, prosecutors could file 1,355 cases this fiscal year, the report shows. The U.S. attorney's offices leading the charge include the southern districts of Florida, Alabama and Texas. No U.S. attorney's office in California ranked in TRAC’s top 10 list of offices with the most prosecutions per million residents. But a recently formed federal health fraud task force in Los Angeles has issued multiple news releases in recent months about health care fraud.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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