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states around the country and doctors from hundreds of
miles away billing for tests and home health services he
never received. Clearly his Medicare number was sto-
len and misused, since not only had he not received the
services, he did not know the providers.
You can make a difference.
Health care is local, and so is health care fraud. Make
a difference in the fight by making yourself aware of how
to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud. Remem-
ber, protecting Medicare also means you protect yourself.
• Treat your Medicare and Social Security numbers like
a credit card number. Never give these numbers to a
stranger.
• Don’t carry your Medicare card unless you will need
it. Only take it to health care appointments, the hos-
pital, or to the pharmacy.
• Record doctor visits, tests, and procedures in a
health care journal or calendar for later comparison
to health care statements or bills.
• Review your Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) and
Explanations of Benefits (EOBs) for mistakes or red
flags, such as:
• Charges for something you didn’t get
• Billing for the same thing twice
• Services that were not ordered by your doctor
If you have questions about information on your MSN
or EOB, call your provider or plan to discuss it.
Never accept kickbacks (gifts, money, bribes) in ex-
change for your Medicare number.
If you suspect Medicare fraud or abuse, report it!
• Office of the Inspector General Hotline: 1-800-HHS-
TIPS (1-800-447-8477)
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