On July 26, 2012, HHS and DOJ announced a new collaborative arrangement among the federal government, state officials, private health insurance organizations, and other anti-fraud groups to combat and prevent health care fraud. This new partnership will build on enforcement tools made available by the Affordable Care Act, including increased sentences for those convicted of health care fraud, enhanced screening of Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers, and suspended payments to providers and suppliers allegedly engaged in fraudulent activity. The partnership is designed to improve detection and prevent payment of fraudulent claims. One specific goal of the partnership is to facilitate the sharing of information on issues such as fraudulent billing schemes and "fraud hotspots" to prevent losses to both government and private health plans. Eventually, data analytics will be employed to scan industry-wide health care data to supplement fraud detection efforts. Data analytics are a recurring theme in current fraud and abuse enforcement efforts, with the government touting the use of data analytics to increase efficiency in program integrity activities. According to OIG's Spring and Fall 2012 Semi-Annual Reports to Congress, advanced data analytics have already been in use by OIG to conduct risk assessments and pinpoint oversight efforts. Data analytics and other technological advancements in fraud prevention were also a key topic of conversation during the April 4, 2012 Health Care Fraud Prevention Summit hosted by HHS and DOJ. For more, see here.