U.S. Attorney Testifies on Health Care Fraud before U.S. Senate
U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer testified this morning at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on health care fraud. Mr. Ferrer’s testimony at the hearing, entitled “Anatomy of a Fraud Bust: From Investigation to Conviction,” highlighted the Department of Justice’s successful national efforts to combat health care fraud, citing the record number of prosecutions and the highest ever financial recoveries during fiscal year 2011.
Also testifying during the hearing were Daniel Levinson, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Dr. Peter Budetti, Deputy Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Kathleen King, Director of Health Care, U.S. Government Accountability Office.
During the testimony, U.S. Attorney Ferrer stated, “Health care fraud is a costly law enforcement problem. Every year, taxpayers spend hundreds of billions of dollars to provide health care to the most vulnerable of our society - our seniors, children, disabled, and needy. We have a duty to ensure that these funds are spent on providing proper medical treatment to those who need it."
According to Ferrer’s testimony, in FY 2011 alone, the government’s health care fraud and prevention efforts recovered nearly $4.1 billion related to health care fraud and false claims and returned these funds to CMS, the U.S. Treasury, other Federal agencies, and individuals. This is the highest annual amount ever recovered from doctors and companies who attempted to defraud seniors and taxpayers or who sought payments to which they were not entitled.
Attached please find the written testimony of U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer before the Senate Finance Committee.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.