Successful, Statewide Health Care Fraud Task Force
– COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS TO INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND ASSOCIATED HEALTH CARE FRAUD
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The United States Attorneys for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky announced the successful completion of their fifth statewide conference on combating health care fraud with a focus today on prescription drug abuse, one of our nation’s most urgent, destructive and widespread challenges.
"We were pleased to present another successful HCFTF meeting, this one featuring national leaders from HHS and FDA," stated David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. "Other presentations emphasized the importance of protecting the VA health system. With this conference we continue to develop a broad range of collaborative relationships and approaches between federal, state, and private partners to help us in our fight against health care fraud."
More than 125 participants attended the day-long conference including federal and state law enforcement officials, state regulators and administrators, and private sector anti-fraud units. New technologies and tools to identify and analyze potential fraud were discussed in the context of Medicare Part D prescription claims; misbranding and counterfeit drug schemes in the United States and abroad; and health care fraud investigations by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Department of Justice has dedicated significant resources toward fighting health care fraud on a nation-wide basis. This effort by both Kentucky United States Attorneys reflects that priority.
Since 1986 more than $17 billion has been collected by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices nation-wide from cases involving fraud against federal health care programs and $6 billion during the last year.
The recently enacted Affordable Care Act provides additional tools and resources to fight fraud in the health care system by providing an additional $350 million over the next 10 years through the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Account. The Act toughens sentencing for criminal activity, enhances screenings and enrollment requirements, encourages increased sharing of data across government, expands overpayment recovery efforts, and provides greater oversight of private insurance abuses. For information on the 2009 Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Report, please visit: www.justice.gov/dag/pubdoc/hcfacreport2009.pdf