Feb 12, 2013   |

discoveryWASHINGTON — The federal government recovered a record $4.2 billion last fiscal year from medical providers and others who fraudulently billed government health care programs such as Medicare, setting a new record, the Obama administration announced Monday.

The 2012 tally — which surpassed the $4.1 billion the government reclaimed the previous fiscal year — extends a years-long trend and reflects ongoing efforts by the Obama administration to crack down on health care fraud.

The president’s health care law also includes new initiatives to weed out fraudulent medical providers and bar them from receiving Medicare reimbursements.

“Our historic effort to take on the criminals who steal from Medicare and Medicaid is paying off: We are gaining the upper hand,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.

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