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Document and Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
Nov. 13, 2018
Document Documentand Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name Performant Financial Corporation  
Entity Central Index Key 0001550695  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Smaller Reporting Company  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2018  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   52,990,664