AARP offers fraud fighter presentations
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates that about $70 billion is lost to criminal fraud each year, AARP wrote in an email.
';That 70 billion dollars in fraud would go a long way to extend the security of the Medicare program and even add more benefits,'; said AARP New Hampshire fraud fighter Harold Moldoff in the email. ';All Medicare beneficiaries can be more vigilant. This is definitely an area where one person can make a difference.';
Some of the waste is simple Medicare billing errors that need to be reported and corrected. AARP says other waste is Medicare abuse when doctors or suppliers don';t follow good medical practices, which results in unnecessary costs — unnecessary tests, unnecessary medical supplies or billing for name-brand drugs when generic drugs were dispensed.
And then there';s Medicare fraud when criminals file false claims for services not provided or equipment never received. Medicare numbers can even be stolen and sold.
';There are several things we can do to prevent Medicare fraud,'; Moldoff said. ';We refer to it as the three Rs: Record, Recognize and Report. Record on a calendar each medical appointment and reconcile to your Medicare and insurance statements. Recognize charges not incurred by you. And Report to the proper agencies those charges that are not yours.';
To help AARP members, their families and others understand Medicare fraud, AARP New Hampshire put together 30- to 40-minute presentations to answer these questions:
-- What are the top scams and how can you spot them?
-- What are the red flags you should watch for?
-- What is medical identity theft and how can you avoid it?
-- Why should you only carry your Medicare card when you access the health care system?
-- How can carefully reviewing your Medicare Summary Notice cut down on costs?
To request a fraud fighter presentation or to get involved as a volunteer fraud fighter, email email@example.com or call (866) 542-8168.