The Health Care Fraud Strike Force (Strike Force) model consists of interagency teams made up of investigators and prosecutors that focus on the worst offenders engaged in fraudulent activities, including, chiefly, health care fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, money laundering offenses, violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute, false statements offenses, Title 42 offenses, Title 26 offenses, and Title 21 offenses, in the highest intensity regions. The Strike Force uses advanced data analysis techniques to identify aberrant billing levels in health care fraud “hot spots” – cities with high levels of billing fraud – combined with traditional investigative techniques to target suspicious billing patterns as well as emerging schemes and fraudulent practices that migrate from one community to another. The first Strike Force was launched in March 2007 as part of the South Florida Initiative, a joint investigative and prosecutorial effort against Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse in South Florida. Based on the success of these efforts and increased appropriated funding for the HCFAC program from Congress, DOJ and HHS-OIG expanded the Miami Strike Force operation to additional cities and regions — Los Angeles, CA; Detroit, MI; Houston, TX; Brooklyn, NY; the Gulf Coast (Louisiana and Mississippi); Tampa, FL; Orlando, FL; Chicago, IL; Newark, NJ; Dallas, TX; the Appalachian Region (Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia); the New England Region (New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont); and Washington, DC (National Rapid Response Strike Force).
Miami/Tampa/Orlando Strike Force
National Rapid Response Strike Force
Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid (ARPO) Strike Force (North and South Hubs)
New England Prescription Opioid (NEPO) Strike Force