Preventing common Medicare scams:
Medicare fraud hurts everyone. It results in higher health care costs for all of us. The more we can cut down on Medicare fraud, the more affordable costs will be for families, as well as businesses and the federal government. Medicare fraud occurs when Medicare is billed for services or equipment that aren’t received, or in situations where the qualifications for Medicare aren’t met.
You should be suspicious of doctors or suppliers who ask for your Medicare number in exchange for free equipment or services. It is also a red flag if any health care provider tells you that the more tests you have the cheaper they become.
Suspect anyone who calls or visits you and claims to represent Medicare or the federal government.
Be cautious with anyone using telephone or door-to-door sales tactics. Make sure you never give them any of your information.
Watch out for those who pressure you or use scare tactics to sell expensive medical services or diagnostic tests.
Anyone who bills Medicare for services you didn’t receive, or a diagnosis you don’t have is committing fraud.
No one should bill Medicare for medical equipment for someone in a nursing home. Also Medicare should not be billed for a power wheelchair or scooter for someone who doesn’t meet Medicare’s qualifications.
To protect yourself, keep your personal information safe, and don’t give your information out over the Internet or to anyone who comes to your home or calls you uninvited.
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