SMP Fraud Prevention February 2023

Focus on Cardiovascular Genetic Test Scams February 2023Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is celebrating the annual American Heart Month! February is always a great time of year to learn more about ways to keep your “ticker” healthy with healthy meals, exercise, and social interactions. You might even choose to have a conversation with your doctor…

SMP Fraud Prevention January 2023

Three Medicare Scams to Watch For in 2023 Sadly, Medicare scams by phone happen every day. Remember that Medicare will never “cold call” youand ask for your personal information. When in doubt, hang up and call Medicare at (800) 633-4227. 1.) Watch out for Medicare card scams.New plastic Medicare cards are not being issued. This…

SMP Fraud Fact December 2022

If you are considering a donation to a charity, the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) warns you to be wary. Charities use the phone, face-to-face contact, email, and the Internet. So do the scammers. Scammers can change caller ID to make a call look like it’s from a local area code. Some scammers use names…

SMP Fraud Prevention November 2022

The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol wants to share this information from the Social SecurityAdministration (SSA): If you receive an unexpected offer from the SSA, do NOT click on a link or respond.It’s a scam. Instead, report suspected scams to oig.ssa.gov. The SSA recently issued a fraud alert about such offers.Criminals will impersonate SSA and other…

Can you escape medical fraud?

Play our online escape room and learn about potential Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse situations and how to avoid them. Are you smarter than a… SCAM ARTIST? Play our online game to find out and arm yourself against common scam tactics. You Can Stop Medicare, Errors, Fraud and Abuse PROTECT your medicare number DETECT…

SMP Fraud Fact October 2022

October 15 starts Medicare Open Enrollment; Shop WiselyOctober 15 marks the beginning of the 2022 Medicare Open Enrollment period for Advantage plans and Part D drug plans. The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) wants to remind older adults to be smart consumers as they consider the plethora of advertising aimed at them through TV, Internet,…

SMP Fraud Prevention September 2022

Medicare will not phone you asking for information.The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol has a message for beneficiaries: Medicare will not call you seeking information or trying to sell you something.Telemarketers and potential scammers are rampant these days. And older adults who are getting ready to enroll in Medicare or who are already enrolled seem to…

SMP Fraud Prevention August 2022

Medicare beneficiaries may receive legitimate survey requests The Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) often alerts consumers about scammers who pretend to be with Medicare. This month, we want to tell you about a legitimate study being conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS is conducting an ongoing study called the Medicare…

SMP Fraud Fact June 2022

The first-ever Medicare Fraud Prevention Week is June 5 through June 11. It kicks off on 6-5 because most people qualify for Medicare on their 65th birthday. This event also coincides with the 25th anniversary of the SMP programs nationwide. To commemorate the week, the Missouri SMP wants to share some of the most common…

SMP Fraud Fact May 2022

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) of Missouri Fraud Fact for May focuses on the importance of keeping accurate medical records. One of the most important habits to keep your Medicare account safe from fraud is to keep track of your medical visits and procedures. Doing so also helps your visits go more smoothly. To help…