• Government To Issue New Medicare Cards Watch Out For Scams! Medicare recently announced that a big change is coming to Medicare cards. To prevent identity theft and to help protect the program from fraud, Medicare will be dropping Social Security numbers from Medicare cards and issuing new cards starting next year. The new cards will have unique, randomly-assigned numbers called a Medicare Beneficiary ...
  • Benefit Bulletin: June 2016 Can You Identify Medicare Fraud In This Story? A few weeks after a 90-year old woman was moved into an assisted living facility, her daughter was surprised to be told that her mother was a good candidate for hospice.  The move to assisted living was only intended for help with her mother’s daily care, and her ...
  • Another Banner Year For Medicare Fraud? By Mary Johnson, editor “Hello seniors!” the voice bellows. “Medicare covers a remarkable new device that can give you freedom from lower back pain! Hold the phone to find out how to get your free, Medicare-covered back brace. ” While free usually sounds good, this call is worse than a pain in the lower backside. It’s ...
  • Feds Bust 243 People In Biggest Medicare Fraud Yet In what the U.S. Department of Justice is calling the largest nationwide crackdown on Medicare and Medicaid fraud ever, some 243 people were recently arrested and charged for bilking Medicare out of $712 million. Those charged include 46 doctors, nurses, and other licensed medical professionals. The crackdown was unique not only for its scale, but also ...
  • No Lie! Affordable Care Act Not So Affordable By Mary Johnson The Obama Administration and proponents of Obamacare have continued to downplay the cancellations of the health insurance of 4.7 million individual policy-holders (including yours truly) who received notices that our polices would be ending in 2014 because they didn’t comply with the new healthcare law. I was able to temporarily renew my so-called ...
  • Administration Announces Plan To Remove Illegals From Medicare Rolls The Obama administration recently proposed new regulations to deny Medicare to illegal immigrants and remove them from Medicare rolls. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are proposing U.S. citizenship or lawful presence in the United States as a new requirement for getting Medicare. The move is a long time coming. Legislation passed in ...
  • Is Someone Using Your Medicare Number To Steal Drugs? By Mary Johnson, editor You get them whenever you visit a doctor, or fill a prescription — Medicare’s “explanation of benefits” forms.  Often perplexing, many people never review them, let alone, try to figure them out.  But you might be stunned if you do, especially if you discover drugs, medical equipment, or medical services that you ...
  • Why You Should Be Worried About Medicare Fraud By Mary Johnson, editor Medicare fraud appears to have taken a terrible new turn. A Michigan cancer doctor, Dr. Farid Fata, was charged with deliberately misdiagnosing patients with cancer in order to justify submitting $35 million in false claims to Medicare for intensive treatments like chemotherapy. The case is the most patient-endangering and egregious that I’ve learned about ...
  • It’s A Medicare Scam! Here’s a list of common scams from the StopMedicareFraud.gov website: Be suspicious of doctors, healthcare providers, or suppliers who: Ask for your Medicare number in exchange for free equipment or services or for “record keeping purposes.” Tell you that tests become cheaper as more of them are provided. Advertise “free” consultations to people with Medicare. Call or visit you and ...
  • Legislative Update: October 2013 By Jessie Gibbons, Legislative Assistant Each year, Medicare and Medicaid – two of the government’s largest and most financially strapped programs – lose tens of billions of dollars to fraud, waste, and abuse. Deficit hawks in Congress have been offering cost-saving proposals for years that would cut benefits and increase cost-sharing for seniors, but for the ...
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