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Health care fraud

May 13, 2012 • Editorial

News coverage of last week’s simultaneous arrests of 107 people in seven cities for alleged health care fraud pretty much appeared and disappeared in a day, at least outside Miami, Baton Rouge, Houston, Los Angeles, Detroit, Tampa and Chicago, the cities involved.

Behind the headlines, however, is a little-noticed law enforcement program that has focused exclusively on health care fraud, waste and abuse for 15 years. Given the fashionable reflex to blame government for everything, it’s worth taking special note of a joint federal, state and local collaboration that so far has recovered and returned more than $20 billion of taxpayer money to the Medicare Trust Funds and additional funds to Login to read more

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