The HEAT is Turned Up On Medicare Fraud

By | Louisiana Law Blog | June 24, 2015

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on June 18, 2015, that the efforts of the Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), a joint initiative between the DOJ and HHS to prevent and deter Medicare fraud, resulted in a nationwide Medicare Fraud Strike Force take down with charges against 243 individuals in 17 districts involving $712 million in Medicare fraud claims.

GAO Report Highlights Improper Medicare/Medicaid Payments

Despite the efforts of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat fraud and contain costs in federal healthcare programs, Medicare’s fee-for-service program (Parts A and B)  and Medicaid were two of the top three culprits for the billions reported to have been improperly paid by the federal government in fiscal year 2014.