The newest episode of Aging Insights is titled, Medicare Cards and More (Episode 83). On this program, Melissa Chalker speaks with Mary McGeary, Director of the SHIP Program at NJ Div. of Aging Services and Charles Clarkson, Project Director of Senior Medicare Patrol of NJ. Our guests remind us about all of the ins and outs of Medicare coverage, how to look out for Medicare fraud and of course, everything you need to know about your new Medicare card.
Medicare fraud, waste and abuse costs taxpayers an estimated $60 billion a year. When Medicare dollars are used to pay fraudsters, all taxpayers suffer. These are dollars that are not being used to pay for legitimate claims for Medicare services. For this reason, the Senior Medicare Patrol program was established to assist Medicare beneficiaries to fight fraud, waste and abuse. Let the Senior Medicare Patrol of New Jersey help you. If you cannot resolve issues of fraud, waste or abuse on your own, we can assist you. The Senior Medicare Patrol of New Jersey has many trained volunteers who will investigate the facts of your complaint and help you to resolve it.
When Medicare providers intentionally submit claims to Medicare for services not provided, unnecessary medical services or they double bill or up-code (bill for a higher value service than the one provided), they are committing Medicare fraud. These are but a few of the examples of Medicare fraud. You as a Medicare beneficiary and a taxpayer can help prevent this fraud, waste and abuse by contacting the Senior Medicare Patrol of New Jersey at 732-777-1940 or our toll free hotline at 877-SMP-4359 (877-676-4359.) Remember, providers who are committing Medicare fraud are stealing from you, the American taxpayer. Let’s join together and continue the fight against Medicare fraud, waste and abuse.
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