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With each administration change, practitioners wait with trepidation to see how the new administration will address healthcare fraud enforcement. It often takes up to a year or more of tracking before the new administration’s focus becomes clear. With the Trump administration, however, healthcare fraud enforcement remains a top priority carried over from the prior administration. Confirmation of this came early on with President Trump proposing approximately $751 million in funding to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control program for fiscal year 2018 – an increase of approximately $70 million from the fiscal year 2017 budget – despite his budget proposal’s significant cuts to related departments and agencies.1