Health Care Fraud

Protect Yourself from Health Care Fraud
Health care fraud is more common than you think. Take these 12 steps to protect yourself from health care fraud:
  1. Only visit your personal doctor, hospital or clinic for medical help. Only they should make referrals for special equipment, services or medicine.
  2. Never show anyone your medical or prescription records without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
  3. If someone calls and tries to threaten or pressure you into something, simply hang up the phone.
  4. If someone comes to your door and says that they are from Medicare or some other health care company shut the door. It’s shrewd to be rude!
  5. Do your homework and talk to your health care provider before buying or investing in Internet cure or miracle products or services.
  6. Do not keep mail in your mailbox for more than one day. People steal personal information right out of your mailbox.
  7. Rip or shred your Medicare or other health care papers and other important documents before throwing them away. Crooks go through the trash.
  8. Treat your Medicare and Social Security numbers like credit cards. If someone offers to buy your Medicare or social security number, do not do it. It is simply not worth it.
  9. Remember that Medicare does not sell anything.
  10. Follow your instincts. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  11. If you suspect an error, fraud or abuse related to health care, gather the facts and report it.
  12. Always read your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) or health care billing statement. Your Medicare Summary Notice is the piece of mail stamped, “This is not a Bill,” that comes in after you seek medical care. Look for 3 things on your billing statement:
    • Charges for something that you didn’t get
    • Billing for the same thing twice
    • Services that were not ordered by the doctor
For more information about health care fraud, or to report an incident, visit the Stop Medicare Fraud website.