Feds recover $5B in healthcare waste

The federal government has recovered nearly $5 billion in misspent healthcare dollars over the last fiscal year, about 15 percent less than the same period last year.

Investigations within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) led to roughly 1,000 criminal charges and 500 civil charges, according to a report Wednesday. The department also barred more than 4,000 people from federal healthcare programs.

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The wasted money was found across 100 departments in HHS, which is one of the largest spenders of federal dollars. It is also the government’s largest distributor of grants.

The report also found that HHS saved about $15.7 billion by using funds “more efficiently” based on previous recommendations from the Office of the Inspector General.

The department has felt more pressure to crack down on fraud, particularly with the expansion of healthcare programs under ObamaCare.

This spring, the agency led a multi-state crackdown against Medicare fraud that led to charges against nearly 100 doctors, nurses and other providers. It recovered about $260 million.