Fighting health care fraud is part of the Department's larger effort to make health care more accessible and affordable for all Oregonians. The Attorney General routinely takes legal action to recover money for the Oregon Health Plan. The Department's Medicaid Fraud Unit aggressively deters, investigates and prosecutes billing fraud committed by Medicaid providers. The Medicaid Fraud Unit also investigates and prosecutes physical, sexual or financial abuse and neglect of residents who reside in Medicaid-funded facilities. This money helps provide badly needed health care to Oregonians during this recession.
In addition to criminal prosecutions, DOJ also takes aggressive action when major pharmaceutical companies market their products for unapproved uses, fail to meet drug safety requirements, or engage in illegal kickback schemes. In 2010, our Medicaid and Financial Fraud units recovered $33,544,391 for Oregon from companies like AstraZeneca, Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline and Omnicare for valuing profits over patient health.