The H.E.A.T. Is On – Aggressive Federal Investigations of Health Care Fraud Are Coming to a Town Near You

Health care fraud convictions help recover billions.” “Massive health care fraud sweep snares 94 in Miami, nationwide.” “Medicare corruption gusher worsens.” The headlines announcing health care fraud investigations are coming fast and furious these days. While Medicare fraud has long been a priority of the Justice Department, that focus has dramatically increased in the past year, including President Obama’s emphasis on combating health care fraud as part of his plan to pay for the recently-passed health care reforms. In his September 9, 2009 address to a Joint Session of Congress, the President said, “[W]e’ve estimated that most of this plan can be paid for by finding savings within the existing health care system, a system that is currently full of waste and abuse.”

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