Medicare fraud is happening all the time, which results in higher taxes and healthcare costs for everyone. People and companies who get access can steal your Medicare number and personal information to scam the system for illegitimate products and services. It is important for beneficiaries to understand how to spot and protect from fraud to keep costs from rising even higher in the future. Not to mention, keeping your confidential information safe.
Doing Your Part
- Keep your Medicare card, Medicare number, and Social Security number safe as you would protect a credit card. Only give this information to doctors, Medicare providers or someone you know should have it.
- Keep records of all doctor’s visits and services provided. Always check your Medicare statements to ensure every detail is accurate.
- Be sure to check you were given the right medications before leaving the pharmacy.
- Never accept special offers on free or discounted Medicare.
- Ask any questions about your Medicare or billing costs. It is your right to know.
- Be aware of providers who claim they know how to bill Medicare even though they don’t usually offer that particular service.
- Always report suspected incidences of Medicare fraud.
- Never accept anything from a door-to-door salesperson claiming they are from Medicare. Medicare never sends representatives to your home.
- Don’t let the media influence you about your health because they don’t always have your best interest in mind.
How to Spot & Report
If you have any suspicions whatsoever never hesitate to call Medicare. If you think a charge on your statement isn’t correct, call your provider and ask them about it. Always review your Medicare claims for any errors to stop fraud from happening early on. View your claims as soon as they are processed by logging into MyMedicare.gov or give them a call. When reporting Medicare fraud, make sure you have any records indicating possible existing errors and documents providing proof of services. To report any suspicious activity, you can call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), report online at the Office of Inspector General or call them at 1 800 447 8477.
Medicare can be confusing for enrollees, which makes it easy for criminals to take advantage. If you have any questions or would like more general knowledge on Medicare, leave a comment, or give us a call. Here at Senior Health Medicare, we strive to educate beneficiaries on Medicare so that you and your loved ones stay protected and feel confident in your Medicare decisions.