Each year over $60 billion is lost to fraud, waste, and abuse in Medicare. However, the cost in terms of loss of quality of care is immeasurable.
CARIE, as a part of its mission to improve the quality of care older people receive, began the Pennsylvania Senior Medicare Patrol (PA-SMP) in 1997. The SMP provides Medicare fraud prevention education statewide. If you have a question about fraud or abuse, have noticed suspicious charges on your statement from Medicare, or would like to report Medicare fraud, call 800-356-3606 and ask to speak with an SMP staff person.
For more information about fraud and abuse in Medicare, go to CARIE’s Senior Medicare Patrol webpage or browse the links and resources below.
For information on what the government is doing to curb fraud and abuse and more importantly, what you can do to protect yourself and Medicare, visit www.stopmedicarefraud.gov
To learn more about scams related to the Health Insurance Marketplaces, visit the Office of Inspector General website here
If you have given out personal information to an untrustworthy source, please visit the Federal Trade Commission’s comprehensive website to learn more about identity theft, here. The site provides tips such as how to protect yourself, how to report ID theft, and how to repair your credit if you have been a victim.