Medical Identity Theft & Medicare Fraud

Medical Identity Theft & Medicare Fraud: Stop Medicare Fraud

http://www.StopMedicareFraud.gov

Medical Identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information (like your name, Social Security number or Medicare number) to obtain medical care, buy drugs or submit fake billings to Medicare in your name.

Medical identity theft can disrupt your life, damage your credit rating and waste tax-payer dollars. The damage can be life-threatening to you if the wrong information ends up in your personal medical records.

Fight Back!

Deter, Detect and Defend

(OIG-Office of Inspector General)

Deter: Protect your personal information

*Guard your Medicare and Social Security numbers: treat them like you would treat your credit cards.

*If it’s free, they don’t need your number!:Be suspicious of anyone who offers you free medical equipment or services and then requests your Medicare number.

*It’s illegal and it’s not worth it!: Do not left anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare ID card or your identity.

Detect: Watch Out for these common fraud schemes:

*Just walk away: If people approach you in parking lots, shopping center or other public areas and offer free services, groceries, transportation or other items in exchange for your Medicare number.

*Simply hang up the phone: If someone calls you claiming to be conducting a health survey and ask for your Medicare number.

*Don’t give your information: To telephone marketers who claim to be from Medicare or Social Security and ask for payment over the phone or Internet. They may want to steal your money.

Defend: Check your medical bills, Medicare Summary Notices, Explanations of Benefits and Credit Reports.

*Were you charged for any medical services or equipment that you didn’t get?

*Do the dates of services and charges look unfamiliar?

*Were you billed for the same thing twice?

*Does your credit report show any unpaid bills for medical services or equipment you didn’t receive?

*Have you received any collection notices for medical services or equipment you didn’t receive?

Report Medicare Fraud and Medical Identity Theft:

*If you spot unusual or questionable charges, contact your health care provider. It may just be a mistake.

*If your complaint is not resolved by your provider, report the questionable charges to Medicare.

*If you suspect Medicare Fraud, contact the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General.

*If you think someone is misusing your personal information, contact the Federal Trade Commission.

Who to Contact:

Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General Hotline:

Report suspected Medicare fraud:
Phone: 1-800-447-8477 (1-800-HHS-TIPS)
TTY: 1-800-377-4950/ Fax: 1-800-223-8164
Email: HHSTips@oig.hhs.gov
Online: OIG.HHS.gov/fraud/hotline

Medicare Call Center And SMPs

Report questionable charges to Medicare:
Phone: 1-800-633-4227 (1-800-MEDICARE)
TTY: 1-877-486-2048/Online: medicare.gov

You can also contact your local SMP:
SMPs (formerly Senior Medicare Patrols) work locally to empower seniors to fight health care fraud and resolve errors.

Find an SMP in your area:
Go to http://www.smpresource.org or call 1-877-808-2468

If your Medicare care is lost or stolen, report it right away. Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213. (TTY: 1-800-325-0778) for a replacement.

Get help reading your Medicare Summary Notice at http://www.medicare.gov/basics/SummaryNotice.asp. Get a
free credit report each year by calling 1-877-322-8228

Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Hotline:

Report misuse of your personal information:
Phone: 1-877-438-4338 (1-877-ID-THEFT)
TTY 1-866-653-4261/ Online: FTC.gov.idtheft

To learn more about medical identity theft, visit:
http://www.WorldPrivacyForum.org/medicalidentitytheft.html

*Disclaimer: this information is taken directly from the pamphlet provided by http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov. I have never used the service before so I have no opinion either yes or no on the service. Please call the above number or email them for more information.

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About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Medical Identity Theft & Medicare Fraud

  1. jwatrel says:

    This information is very important and if you find anything this is not right with your Medicare paperwork, please call the above number for more information.

    Liked by 1 person

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