Vermont Legislation 247572.1, Bill S.48 (June 8, 2009), available from www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2010/bills/Passed/S-048.pdf. Government investigations into health compliance violations will be stepped up. This year, the DOJ and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) created an inter-institutional group – the Health Care Prevention and Environmental Action Team (HEAT), which is specifically responsible for combating health fraud. Health fraud is now a five-priority at the DOJ and a center head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In his statement to the Senate Committee on Justice, Assistant Attorney General Tony West, referring to the billions of dollars that are „wasted on fraud and abuse,“ reiterated that „the Department of Justice, through its civil, criminal and civil rights services, with the Justice Department and the FBI – to enforce laws against all forms of health fraud – has prioritized much of our enforcement efforts to protect health care.   Lanny A. Breuer, Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Prosecution as a Deterrent to Health Care Fraud (May 20, 2009), available from judiciary.senate.gov/pdf/09-05-20BreuerTestimony.pdf.  Tom Perrelli, Associate Attorney General, Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Attorney General Tom Perrelli at Pfizer Settlement Press Conference (September 2, 2009), available at www.justice.gov/asg/speeches/2009/aag-speech-090902.html. „Pfizer`s out-of-label promotion of drugs has significantly influenced the integrity of TRICARE, the Department of Defense`s health care system,“ said Sharon Woods, Director of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service. „This illegal activity increases the cost of patients, endangers their safety and has a negative impact on the provision of health services to the more than nine million military, retired and their families who depend on this system. Today`s accusations and settling scores demonstrate the ongoing commitment of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and its partners to investigate and prosecute those who abuse government health programs at the expense of taxpayers and patients.  Katharine Q. Seelye, Johnson and Johnson Says Improper Payments Were Made, N.Y.
Times (February 13, 2009), available at www.nytimes.com/2007/02/13/business/worldbusiness/13iht-web.0213drug.4577086.html. On October 30, 2009, HHS adopted an interim final rule inviting submissions to strengthen its application of the Health Act on Portability and Accounting (HIPAA). The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, passed in February 2009 as part of the federal government`s stimulus package, changed HHS`s authority to impose civil fines for post-February 18, 2009 violations.