Avoid Medicare Fraud

by Steve Wilson · 0 comments

Protect yourself from scams and identity theft

Most doctors and suppliers who serve people with Medicare are committed to caring for their patients and to billing the program only for the payments they have earned.

However, a few individuals abuse and defraud Medicare, which takes a lot of money from the Medicare program every year.

Identity theft means someone uses your personal information, like your name, Social Security, Medicare, or credit card number, or other personal information, without your consent to commit fraud or other crimes.

Keep your personal information safe

  • Don’t give your information to anyone who comes to your home or calls you uninvited selling Medicare-related products.
  • Only give personal information to doctors or other providers who are approved by Medicare and to people in the community who work with Medicare, like your State Health Insurance Assistance Program or the Social Security Administration
  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227); (TTY users call 1-866-653-4261) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, if you aren’t sure if a provider is approved by Medicare
  • Stay alert – Visit the CMS Website for more tips on how to protect yourself from Medicare fraud.

If you lose your Medicare card or it is stolen

  • Call the Social Security Administration (SSA) at 1-800-772-1213.
  • If you receive benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), call 1-800-808-0772.

If you think someone used your personal information

Report your concerns immediately!

  • Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227); TTY users call 1-877-486-2048 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Or call the Fraud Hotline of the HHS Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-447-8477; TTY users call 1-800-377-4950
  • Or call the Federal Trade Commission’s ID Theft Hotline at 1-877-438-4338 to make a report; TTY users call 1-866-653-4261

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