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The whole premise of Medicare is to help individuals and families have access to quality doctors and health-care providers; however, there are some people out there who commit Medicare fraud in an attempt to gain to a profit. Here at Bell & Associates Consulting Firm, we want to ensure that you do not become the next victim of Medicare fraud. That is why we want to arm you with tips and tools to help you notice the signs of Medicare fraud and the resources and knowledge on how to report it and keep yourself from falling into the trap.
Here are a few simple do’s and don’ts to make sure you aren’t or haven’t been a victim of Medicare fraud.
- ALWAYS check your payment notice to make sure it’s accurate
- Keep record of your doctor visits
- Make sure you thoroughly understand how your Medicare plan works
- Always check your prescriptions to make sure they are correct before you leave the pharmacy
- Report anything that seems suspicious. You may call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
- Give your Medicare card, Medicare number, Social Security card, or Social Security Number to anyone. Your doctor or an authorized Medicare provider are the only other people who should have access to it.
- Talk to/trust Medicaid or Medicare representatives who come to your home. Neither organization practices this.
- Trust providers who offer gifts in exchange for services.
- Be afraid to ask questions if you don’t feel good about something or suspect fraud.
To learn more about how ward off Medicare fraud and your options, visit Medicare.gov or contact your local Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). You may also contact Bell & Associates Consulting Firm for more assistance.