Fight healthcare fraud in these three ways:

Protect

Protecting your personal information is the best line of defense in the fight against healthcare fraud and abuse.

Every day, people get ripped off by scam artists. Medicare and Medicaid lose billions of dollars each year.

You can make a difference! Here are some of the ways to be active in protecting your healthcare benefits:

Treat your Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security numbers like credit card numbers. Never give these numbers to a stranger.

Remember, Medicare doesn’t call or visit to sell you anything.

Don’t carry your Social Security card or Medicare card unless you will need it.

Only take your cards along to doctor’s appointments, visits to your hospital or clinic, or trips to the pharmacy.

Record doctor visits, tests and procedures in your personal health care journal or calendar.

Save Medicare Summary Notices and Part D Explanation of Benefits and compare them with your billing statements. Shred these documents when they are no longer needed. 

Detect

Even when you do everything right, there’s a chance that you could be a target of healthcare fraud. There are many ways that your personal information can be used without your permission.

Here are steps you can take to detect potential errors, fraud, and abuse:

Always review your Medicare Summary Notices and Part D Explanation of Benefits for mistakes. You can access your Medicare account 24 hours a day at www.mymedicare.gov.

Compare your MSN and EOB to your personal health care journal and to your prescription drug receipts to make sure they are correct.

Look for three things on your billing statement:

Charges for something you didn’t receive.

Duplicate billing-getting billed for the same thing twice.

Services that were not ordered by your doctor.

Report

If you suspect errors, fraud or abuse report it immediately! You will protect other people from becoming victims and help save your Medicare benefits. Take these steps to report your concerns and abuse:

If you have questions about information on your MSN or EOB, call your provider plan first.

If you are not comfortable calling your provider plan or you are not satisfied with the response you get, call your local Area Agency on Aging and ask to speak with a SHICK counselor at 800-362-0264.

A counselor for the McPherson County Council on Aging can be reached at: 620-241-4383.