U.S. health-care fraud prosecutions reached a high last fiscal year, rising 69 percent from the year earlier, according to a nonprofit research group’s analysis.
The U.S. reported 1,235 new health-care fraud prosecutions in the year ending Sept. 30, the largest number reported since separate tracking of the offense began 20 years ago, according to a report released today by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. There were 731 new cases the year before.
The Obama administration expanded the government’s pursuit of health-care fraud cases, including scams against Medicare, the program for the elderly and disabled.
Nearly one out of every nine health-care fraud prosecutions were in southern Florida. Last year’s numbers were boosted by prosecutors charging 548 defendants with health-care fraud in Puerto Rico.
The study is based on information obtained from the Justice Department under the Freedom of Information Act.