How You Can Stop Medicare Fraud

Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) paired together for the sixth Health Care Fraud Prevention Summit, held in the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia).  Since the start of the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) task force back in 2009, more than 670 defendants have been charged for attempting to defraud Medicare of over $1.3 billion in taxpayer dollars!

Fraudulent Medicare claims are now being predicted and identified using the same technology that your bank uses to protect you from credit card fraud. This helps Medicare stay one step ahead of criminals.

As billing specialists, we have some tips for stopping Medicare fraud in your own home:

  • Be wary of anyone who offers you free medical equipment or services and subsequently requests your Medicare number. They do not need your number!
  • It is illegal to let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare ID card or identity. So don’t do it!
  • Treat your Medicare and Social Security cards like they are your credits cards and keep them safely guarded.

Stay tuned for more news on credentialing medical!

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