REUTERS REPORT BY Megan Cassella:
The U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday that 243 people have been arrested across the country, charged with submitting fake billing for Medicare, a government healthcare program, that totaled $712 million.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch described the arrests as the largest criminal health care fraud takedown in the history of the Justice Department.
Those arrested included 46 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals. The charges are based on a variety of alleged fraud schemes, the government said, including submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid, the healthcare program for low-income individuals, for treatments that were medically unnecessary and often never provided.
The nationwide sweep, led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, involved about 900 law enforcement officials. It’s the largest both in terms of the number of those charged and the amount of money lost.
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According to an announcement made on Thursday by Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the government charged 243 people for Medicare fraud totaling $712 million in false billings. The charges came following a nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 17 districts. The charges include 46 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, “for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings.” The coordinated take-down is the largest such crackdown in the Medicare Fraud Strike Force’s history, in the number of defendants charged and loss amount. (Reuters)