DOJ brought in more than $2 billion in 2011 from healthcare fraud cases

The Justice Department said Monday that President Obamas healthcare reform law helped it recover roughly $2.4 billion through healthcare fraud cases this year.

DOJ said it recovered more than $3 billion by winning or settling allegations of fraud against the government. About 80 percent of that total came from cases involving healthcare programs.

The federal government recovered roughly $1.8 billion from pharmaceutical companies this year, and helped states recover another $421 million from the industry. Those settlements came in cases involving illegal pricing, submitting false claims to government healthcare programs and violating Food and Drug Administration regulations.

Tony West, assistant attorney general for the Civil Division, said the healthcare law has helped bolster anti-fraud efforts, in part by providing new incentives for people to report potential fraud.