Pennsylvania ranked fourth last year among states in the amount of Medicaid expenditures, but 41st in the amount of fraud recoveries relative to expenditures, according federal data.
Pennsylvania's overall Medicaid fraud recoveries jumped to $44 million in fiscal 2012 from $24 million the year before.
The state's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit conducted 321 investigations last year, up from 272. In New Jersey, recoveries were $84 million.
New Jersey, which conducted 358 investigations, ranked 11th in Medicaid expenditures and 11th in the amount of money recovered from fraud.