By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor
No one knows for sure how much Medicare fraud costs the American people, because much of the scams go undetected. What is known is this: at least $2.3 billion in false claims have been billed since 2007, when the Medicare Fraud Strike Force was formed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Fraud costs the Medicare Program millions of dollars every year, which results in higher health care costs for everyone. The Fraud Strike Force says you can do your part to stop fraud by reviewing Medicare statements to make sure Medicare is not charged for items or services that you or your elderly parents did not receive.
Here are some tips, provided by Medicare.
Know What Medicare Fraud Is
Some examples of possible Medicare fraud are:
- A healthcare provider bills Medicare for services you never received
- A supplier bills Medicare for equipment you never received
- Someone uses another person’s Medicare card to get medical care, supplies or equipment
- Someone bills Medicare for home medical equipment after it has been returned
- A company offers a Medicare drug plan that hasn’t been approved by Medicare
- A company uses false information to mislead you into joining a Medicare plan
Medicare Fraud Costs Taxpayers Millions: How to Prevent It originally appeared on AgingCare.com