Experienced Long-term Care Consultant Tells How to Spot Medicare Fraud
Medicare fraud costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year due to false claims and exaggerated medical bills. Medicare consumers are oftentimes unknowingly contributing to the problem through various goods and services that are charged on their behalf by fraudulent providers. Because Medicare claims are often paid without question, the system and its beneficiaries are especially vulnerable to fraud and abuse.
To crackdown on the healthcare fraud, a nationwide network of volunteers called the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is working to help Medicare and the Medicaid beneficiaries identify deceptive healthcare practices. These practices are over billing and unnecessary services.
The SMP program began in 1997 when the US Administration on Aging launched demonstration projects to utilize the skills and experience of older and retired citizens. These volunteers identify and report fraud and abuse in their communities. The program has over 5,000 volunteers working in groups if all 50 states.
To find out more about how to detect Medicare fraud, or to report suspected fraud or abuse, visit www.smpresource.org. The site also provides information on becoming a SMP volunteer .
You can help: Check your Medicare statements: Be suspicious of “Free” services: Guard your Medicare number.
Contact: Nancy Gould firstname.lastname@example.org