HHS Investigations Lead To $5B Windfall For Taxpayers

Law360, New York (December 10, 2014, 4:54 PM EST) -- The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that the watchdog had returned nearly $5 billion in misused federal health care dollars to taxpayers so far this year, mostly through fraud investigations targeting Medicare and Medicaid abuse.

Daniel R. Levinson, the head of HHS' Office of the Inspector General, notified Congress in the watchdog's semiannual report that investigations had revealed $4.1 billion in misspent federal funds and that more than $800 million was discovered missing through program audits. Of the full amount, $1.1 billion would go toward Medicare restitution for states, he noted.

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