Medicare Fraud Scams
Medicare fraud occurs when someone purposefully uses your Medicare
number to charge Medicare for equipment or services you didn’t order,
need or receive.
This medicare crime is happening more than we think.
It's gotten to the point that it is now almost an epidemic and costing the senior citizen dearly.
- Each year Medicare scams costs the government billions of dollars.
Fortunately in turn, the cost is passed down to the consumer.
Learn more about how to protect yourself and loved ones from medical identity theft.
Medicare and Identity Theft
How Does Your ID Number
- Someone steals your patient identification number from a clinic that is a scam.
- Medical identity theft can happen because the scammer is a health care provider or…
- An employee that has access to patient records.
carry your Medicare card and use it when absolutely needed and, unless
you initiate the call, never give out your Medicare number over the
- Make sure you make a habit of always checking your monthly Medicare statement for any irregularities.
errors are usually honest mistakes; but, if you find a charge you're
unsure of, call the company or person you received the service from.
- If you still can’t resolve the matter to your satisfaction, call customer service. The number is on your Medicare statement.
- You may also call your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). The Medicare website at medicare.gov has their number.
If You’re A Victim Of This
Report your fraud case;
Phone: Medicare Hotline: 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477)
(Please limit to 10 pages)
Mail: Office of the Inspector General
HHS TIPS Hotline
P.O. Box 23489
Washington, DC 20026
Medical Scams Also Hits
Medical Discount Plans
Consumers wanting to save money on health care will find savings by looking into medical discount plans.
- Be aware, these plans are NOT health insurance plans.
- Always investigate details if you are offered a medical discount plan, especially on the internet, by phone, newspaper ads etc.
- Be especially aware and pay close attention to their refund policy.
- If the plan doesn’t supply a list of providers in writing, take your business elsewhere.
- Make sure you ask if they have a website that will supply you with more information.
- Determine what you will have to pay for a given amount of time.
check for complaints about the business that offers the discount plan,
call your state Attorney General or Better Business Bureau at bbb.org.
Medicare fraud that targets Medicare hurts everyone. Protect yourself and your family. Don’t become a victim of identity theft.
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