Authorities Call Takedown a Record Enforcement Action
Federal authorities have charged 412 individuals allegedly responsible for $1.3 billion in billing fraud in a takedown that federal officials are calling the largest healthcare fraudenforcement action to date.
In a joint statement issued Thursday, the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services said the Medicare Fraud Strike Force bust involved charging defendants – including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals across 41 federal districts – for their alleged participation in healthcare fraud schemes.
“Healthcare fraud is not only a criminal act that costs billions of taxpayer dollars – it is an affront to all Americans who rely on our national healthcare programs for access to critical healthcare services and a violation of trust,” said HHS Secretary Tom Price.
More than 120 defendants were charged for their roles in prescribing and distributing opioids and other dangerous narcotics. In addition, HHS says it has initiated suspension actions against 295 providers, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists.
The strike-force operation also involved multiple other DOJ and HHS units, including the HHS Office of Inspector General, U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency.