Medicare Fraud Alerts

Are You Being Offered “Hospice Housekeeping” Services? Hospice Fraud Alert!JANUARY 11, 2016 Watch out for a hospice company that enrolls beneficiaries into hospice even though they do not have a terminal illness. This company misleads people into enrolling in hospice by offering beneficiaries housekeeping, home health, nurse visits and/or medications for “free”. This is a red flag and is a scam. Please share. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian and Farsi.

Beware of Agents Pressuring You to Switch PlansAUGUST 28, 2015 This alert warns people of aggressive behavior from some insurance agents who are pressuring people to switch plans for the sole purpose of making a commission.

Beware of Genetic Testing for Beneficiaries in Group SettingsFEBRUARY 17, 2015 This alert warns of genetic testing scams where beneficiaries are offered a presentation or an ice cream social along with a “free cheek swab” test to help their doctors prevent adverse medication affects.

“Free Services” Scams Compromise Beneficiary Medicare NumbersJULY 28, 2014 This alert warns “free services” scams where fraudulent providers or suppliers offer beneficiaries “free” services in exchange for their Medicare numbers. Fraudsters then use their number to bill Medicare for services not rendered, or sell their number to other scammers.

New Phone Scam Demands Payment or Threatens ArrestMAY 21, 2014 This alert warns of a phone scam that threatens Medicare beneficiaries with being arrested unless they immediately pay a large sum of money. The caller usually says he is with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Protect Yourself from Obamacare ScamsSEPTEMBER 26, 2013 The roll out of the new health care program known as “Obamacare” begins October 1st, with enrollment from October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014. This alert warns of the growing number of scams that take advantage of people’s confusion surrounding the new health care program, and provides simple tips on how to avoid them.

Medical Alert Emergency System ScamJUNE 6, 2013 This alert warns of callers claiming to represent a company called Medical Alert and offering to give free equipment. The caller then asks for your checking account information to pay for shipping fees. See full alert (PDF) in English, Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Koreanand Russian.