MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Healthcare and Justice Dept. regulators hit a new record high in recovered healthcare dollars, with $4.3 billion returned to federal health programs in 2013.
That’s a return of more than $8 for every $1 spent on federal Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Programs, according to McClatchy DC.
"With these extraordinary recoveries, and the record-high rate of return on investment we’ve achieved on our comprehensive health care fraud enforcement efforts, we’re sending a strong message to those who would take advantage of their fellow citizens, target vulnerable populations, and commit fraud on federal health care programs," Attorney General Eric Holder said in prepared remarks.
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