The best way to prevent Medicare fraud is by protecting your Medicare card number. Just like with your credit card, you don’t want to give your Medicare number to any random Jane or Joe. Also, understand what procedures you will be billed for so you are not billed for services you did not receive.
- Watch out for scams that request your Medicare number over the phone.
- Don’t accept services such as home health visits or equipment that your doctor didn’t request.
- Make sure you, your doctor, or healthcare provider signed paperwork and not someone else.
- Review your Medicare Summary Notice or Explanation of Medicare Benefits regularly.
You can report Medicare fraud by calling 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477). You can ask to remain anonymous.