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Timeline: Top federal 2014 healthcare fraud settlements

List of notable healthcare frauds in 2014 based on data from Nashville-based Bass, Berry & Sims.

Healthcare Finance has created a timeline of notable healthcare frauds in 2014, using data from Nashville-based Bass, Berry & Sims.Healthcare Finance has created a timeline of notable healthcare frauds in 2014, using data from Nashville-based Bass, Berry & Sims.

Healthcare fraud is on the rise. The federal government recovered $5.7 billion related to various healthcare fraud in 2014, a $1.9 billion jump compared to the prior year, according to a March report by the Nashville law firm of Bass, Berry & Sims.

[Also: Running list of notable 2015 healthcare frauds]

"As the entire healthcare industry is going through a period of unprecedented change, we are witnessing intense scrutiny of healthcare organizations as it relates to alleged fraud in federal healthcare programs," said Brian D. Roark, head of the firm's Healthcare Fraud Task Force, in a statement. "This marks the fifth consecutive year in which healthcare-related recoveries exceeded $2 billion – and that doesn't include state recoveries for Medicaid fraud. We don't expect this enforcement trend to slow down any time soon. In fact, all signs point to increased enforcement in the year to come."

In addition to totaling fraud settlements tied to the False Claims Act, the firm released a comprehensive report highlighting more than 100 notable fraud cases that marred the industry in 2014.

With the permission of the firm, Healthcare Finance used the data to create an interactive timeline of 2014 healthcare frauds, with detailed settlement info and dollar amounts for each case. Drag the timeline to jump between months or click on the arrows on the right to scroll through the timeline.

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