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Mischievous activity during the pandemic will lead to more healthcare fraud recoveries in 2021


Though there appears to be a dim light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, much remains uncertain — everything from the timing of school reopenings to the nature and business of the healthcare industry. Part of that uncertainty revolves around fraud litigation: specifically, how much of it has taken place during the pandemic. The one thing that seems certain is that fraud prosecution will be a priority in the coming year.

The main factor driving this certainty is that the U.S. The Department of Justice recorded the lowest total recoveries in FCA settlements in more than a decade during the COVD-19 public health emergency. According to Jacques Smith, a partner at law firm Arent Fox and a member of the firm’s Business Loan Task Force, fraud was likely more widespread than usual in 2020, but wasn’t a priority for the Trump Administration.

Instead, that administration was focused more on keeping the economy going and dealing with the coronavirus; enforcement was not top-of-mind. With the change in administration and a potential loosening of the stranglehold the pandemic has had on the country, the chickens will be coming home to roost, and Smith expects record years for fraud recoveries in 2021 and […]

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