SMP's Medicare Fraud Prevention Week
Welcome Network Members!
This week (6/5 - 6/10) marks the 25th anniversary of the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program which has decided to create an annual, national week focused on Medicare fraud prevention in honor of the event. SMP notes that this week is especially important being that "Medicare loses an estimated $60 billion each year due to fraud errors, and abuse."
Senior Medicare Patrols (SMPs) are wonderful national resources, with close ties to many local communities, that seek to "empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education." Created in 1997, SMPs are supported by grant funding through the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) and have expanded to become a nationwide program throughout every U.S. state and many U.S. territories.
For more information about Medicare Fraud Prevention Week, check out this link to SMP's website: https://www.smpresource.org/Medicare-Fraud-Prevention-Week.aspx
For more information on Senior Medicare Patrol, refer to their website: https://www.smpresource.org/Default.aspx
And, as always, you can refer to Medicare.gov and/or contact 1-800-633-4227 to report fraud or abuse in Orginal Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plan, or Medicare drug plan.