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Health care enforcement trends in the post-pandemic era

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May 31, 2022 – As the world slowly emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic in fits and spurts, healthcare fraud enforcement remains a top priority for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other government agencies with enforcement authority. Specific areas have assumed particularly high priority as COVID-19 changed much about the healthcare landscape — in some ways temporarily and in other ways more permanently.

The most obvious post-pandemic enforcement priority concerns the pandemic itself, which saw a variety of government-sponsored relief programs and funding distributed to healthcare providers. Even at the pandemic’s peak, DOJ officials made it clear that the use of such relief would be scrutinized — and that has proven to be true.

Early investigations and prosecutions relating to COVID-19 relief concerned what may seem like “low hanging fruit,” but some of the most notable investigations involve allegations of relief funds being misappropriated for personal use, such as for purchasing sports cars and luxury items.

In April of this year, the DOJ announced a large-scale, coordinated enforcement action that involved filing criminal charges against numerous defendants across the country for alleged […]

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