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Record Numbers for Medicare Fraud Task Force Prosecutions in 2013

On January 27, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release announcing that its Medicare Fraud Task Force had “set record numbers for health care prosecutions in Fiscal Year 2013.”  DOJ specifically reported that “the strike force set records in the number of cases filed (137), individuals charged (345), guilty pleas secured (234), and jury trial convictions (46).”  DOJ also noted that defendants sentenced in FY 2013 faced an average of 52 months in prison.  

For a substantive discussion of the health care enforcement efforts of DOJ and its law enforcement partners in 2013, please read the special alert from Mintz Levin's Health Care Enforcement Defense Practice that provides insight on the most important trends and takeaways from 2013's health care enforcement activities.

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Theresa C. Carnegie is a Mintz attorney who advises health care clients on a wide array of transactional, regulatory, compliance, fraud and abuse matters, and health law issues. She counsels health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, pharmacies, device manufacturers, and distributors.