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 say they represent Medicare or the federal government.
- Use telephone or door-to-door selling techniques.
- Use pressure or scare tactics to sell you expensive medical services or diagnostic tests.
- Bill Medicare for services you never received or a diagnosis you do not have.
- Offer non-medical transportation or housekeeping as Medicare-approved services.
- Bill home health services for patients who are not confined to their home, or for patients who still drive a car.
- Bill Medicare for medical equipment for people in nursing homes.
- Bill Medicare for tests you received as a hospital inpatient or within 72 hours of admission or discharge.
- Bill Medicare for a power wheelchair or scooter when you don’t meet Medicare’s qualifications.
Report Medicare Fraud Now
Office of Inspector General — Call: 800-447-8477 /TTY: 800-377-4950
Online: Report Fraud
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid — Call: 800-633-4227 / TTY 877-486-2048