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Attorney General Jeff Sessions described the crackdown as a major achievement in combating what he described as loathsome abuse by members of the medical profession. (Photo: ALM)

Last week, the Department of Justice announced charges for more than  600 people, including 165 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, in what appears to be the largest crackdown on health care fraud in U.S. history.

The department also announced that 2,700 individuals had been barred from participating in Medicare, Medicaid or other federal health care programs, including 587 medical professionals who had been sanctioned for “conduct related to opioid diversion and abuse.”

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