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Justice Department Nabs Record $3 Billion From Health Care Fraud Settlements

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According to Modern Healthcare, the Department of Justice took in $4.9 billion in collections and settlements through the False Claims Act in fiscal year 2012 -- an all-time high, largely bolstered by over $3 billion in collections from health care firms.
The False Claims Act encourages whistleblowers to report fraudulent activities undertaken by private actors against the U.S. government. This past fiscal year, the Justice Depart received its highest-ever haul from health care firms engaging in Medicare fraud and pharmaceutical companies promoting drugs for off-label use not authorized by the FDA...

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