State recoups $50 million in Medicaid fraud

Hundreds of "pill mill" prescribing rights terminated

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ORLANDO, Fla. - State officials say they terminated the Medicaid prescribing rights of 437 providers who were writing suspicious amounts of prescriptions for painkillers and other drugs.

State health officials made the announcement Thursday along with Attorney General Pam Bondi in the annual Medicaid fraud report.

The state spent nearly $17 million fighting Medicaid fraud in fiscal year 2011-2012.  According to the report, authorities recouped nearly $50 million.

"Our collaborative efforts with the Agency for Health Care Administration have resulted in tremendous financial recoveries on behalf of taxpayers," said Attorney General Pam Bondi. "We will continue to work steadfastly toward the shared goal of ensuring that Medicaid dollars go to helping the needy rather than to those who defraud the system."

Florida's Medicaid program is the fourth largest in the nation serving more than 3.3 million recipients.

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