Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Matthew Burwell announced yesterday the largest ever healthcare fraud takedown.
The government claimed that those involved billed Medicare and Medicaid for medically unnecessary treatments, or treatments never provided. A total of 243 individuals were charged including 46 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals for a total of $712 million in fraudulent billing.
Over 44 of the defendants were charged with fraud related to the Medicare prescription drug benefit program, also known as Part D.
Here’s a by the numbers breakdown of where Medicare and Medicaid fraud occurred…