HHS' inspector general's office said it saved taxpayers nearly $30 billion in fiscal 2004, $7 billion more than in 2003, according to its semiannual report to Congress. The $30 billion includes $27.3 billion from implementing various fraud-control recommendations, $1.9 billion in receivables from investigations, $754.2 million in receivables from audits and $8.3 million in recoveries. Among other discoveries, the agency's audit and evaluations teams found that Tennessee's Medicaid program paid $5 million for benefits to deceased beneficiaries. The office excluded 3,293 individuals and organizations from federal healthcare programs in 2004 because of fraud. It also participated in the convictions of 533 individuals or organizations and engaged in 268 civil actions, including False Claims Act suits. -- by Mark Taylor
HHS says fraud-fighting saved $30 billion in '04
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