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Don’t Be a Target of Health Care Fraud

Joe was almost the victim of fraud. Joe has Medicare. One evening he received a phone call from a woman who identified herself as a Medicare representative. She informed him that she could send him free diabetic testing supplies and a new blood pressure monitor. Joe pays $100 a month for his testing supplies, so he eagerly agreed. When the woman said she could sign him up over the phone using his Medicare number and bank account information he gave them to her.

After sleeping on it, Joe thought he had made a mistake by giving out his personal information. He contacted his local Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). The SMP helped Joe contact his bank, close his account and report the crime to the police and Medicare.
Protecting your personal information is the best line of defense in the fight against healthcare fraud and abuse. Every day, consumers like Joe get ripped off by scam artists, causing Medicare and Medicaid to lose close to $60 billion each year.

What is Medicare fraud?
Medicare and Medicaid fraud generally involve deliberately billing for services that were not received, or billing for a service at a higher rate than is justified. Medicare abuse occurs when providers supply services or products that are not medically necessary or do not meet professional standards.

Examples of fraud and abuse

Ways to Take an Active Role in Protecting Yourself

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