OIG semiannual report measures fraud enforcement for first half of fiscal 2015

The Office of Inspector General's (OIG) Semiannual Report to Congress reveals progress in combating fraud, waste and abuse throughout the healthcare industry from October 2014 through March 2015. All told, the OIG reported $1.8 billion in expected recoveries during the first half of 2015, along with 486 criminal actions and 326 civil actions. The OIG highlighted specific efforts by Medicare Fraud Strike Force teams, which brought in $163 million in investigative receivables, filed charges against 69 individuals or entities and tallied 124 criminal actions. A message from Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson highlighted a $38 million settlement with a nationwide skilled nursing facility, Extendicare Health Services Inc., accused of providing substandard or worthless services. Report