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Durable Medical Equipment Fraud
Tips for Protecting Yourself and Medicare

In 2009, Medicare spent more than $10 billion on durable medical equipment. More than half of that was improperly spent. That means the equipment was unnecessary or the bill was wrong.

What is Durable Medical Equipment?

Durable medical equipment, or DME, is medical equipment prescribed by your doctor that is reusable. It includes hospital beds, walkers, wheelchairs, home oxygen equipment, scooters and prosthetics. Medicare only covers DME if you get it from a supplier enrolled in the Medicare program.

What Are Examples of DME Fraud?

How to Protect Yourself and Medicare from DME Fraud

How Your Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Can Help

Your local SMP is ready to provide you with the information you need to PROTECT yourself from Medicare errors, fraud and abuse; DETECT potential errors, fraud and abuse; and REPORT your concerns. SMPs use trained senior volunteers to help educate and empower seniors in the fight against health care fraud. Your SMP can help you with questions, concerns or complaints about potential fraud and abuse issues. It also provides information and educational presentations.

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