Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
Skip to main content
Tags: Medicare | fraud

4 Ways to Avoid Falling Victim to Medicare Fraud

By    |   Saturday, 17 October 2015 02:10 AM EDT

Every year seniors lose billions of dollars because of Medicare fraud. While pinpointing a total cost of Medicare fraud is difficult, sources including Attorney General Eric Holder and theU.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging have estimated the annual total at $60 billion and $90 billion.

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to fraud because they are less likely to report fraud, are more likely to have some amount of money, are generally trusting of others, do not make reliable witnesses, and need products that are easy to turn into scams, according to the FBI.

Often, medical equipment manufactures will offer seniors medical products or serviced in exchange for just their Medicare card number. Unbeknownst to many elderly Americans, these offers, which are often via phone calls, are scammers who later obtain fraudulent doctors signatures in order to get money from Medicare plans.

Urgent: How Favorably Do You View the Medicare Program Overall?

Medicare fraud can, however, be avoided. Below are four ways to avoid falling victim to Medicare fraud:

1. Protect Your Numbers
"There can never be a fraudulent claim against Medicare unless a Medicare number is used as the basis for the claim," Micki Nozaki, California Medicare Patrol complex case and volunteer coordinator told the Los Angeles Times. Medicare numbers are usually the same as a person’s Social Security number, so most people already know not to give out their number. However, seniors are often too easily convinced of con artists’ credibility, and are too willing to release their information in exchange for promised medical services.

2. Keep Good Records
Always know when you are scheduled to visit doctors in the future, and when you have in the past. Also keep records of what you have and will pay. MyMedicare.gov allows Medicare enrollees to check their account for irregularities. Additionally, Medicare sends patients a Medicare Summary Notice every 90 days, which can be useful in monitoring for fraud.

3. Report All Irregularities
If you notice something out-of-the-ordinary with your Medicare accounts or statements, it is important to report the incident right away. Incorrect charges could make getting equipment and services someone needs in the future difficult and unnecessarily costly. To report suspected Medicare fraud, contact the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at 800-HHS-TIPS or at www.oig.hhs.gov.

4. Never Leave Blanks
Never sign blank insurance forms or allow medical providers to fill in costs for services rendered without your oversight. A scammer can easily fill in blanks to snatch up the Medicare funds to which you are entitled.

Tell Us: Are You Worried or Confident About Medicare's Future?

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Every year seniors lose billions of dollars because of Medicare fraud.
Medicare, fraud
Saturday, 17 October 2015 02:10 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.

PLEASE NOTE: All information presented on Newsmax.com is for informational purposes only. It is not specific medical advice for any individual. All answers to reader questions are provided for informational purposes only. All information presented on our websites should not be construed as medical consultation or instruction. You should take no action solely on the basis of this publication’s contents. Readers are advised to consult a health professional about any issue regarding their health and well-being. While the information found on our websites is believed to be sensible and accurate based on the author’s best judgment, readers who fail to seek counsel from appropriate health professionals assume risk of any potential ill effects. The opinions expressed in Newsmaxhealth.com and Newsmax.com do not necessarily reflect those of Newsmax Media. Please note that this advice is generic and not specific to any individual. You should consult with your doctor before undertaking any medical or nutritional course of action.


Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved