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Stepped-up Medicare fraud enforcement snags $2.5 billion

AP/Yahoo News, May 14, 2010
The government says it recovered $2.5 billion in overpayments for the Medicare trust fund last year as the Obama administration focused attention on fraud enforcement efforts in the healthcare industry. Investigators have new tools this year to help crack down on healthcare fraud, with the Justice Department and the Health and Human Services Department working cooperatively to police companies. The newly enacted Affordable Care Act is designed to lengthen prison sentences in criminal cases and the new law provides an additional $300 million over the next 10 years for stronger enforcement, the Associated Press reports.