Each year there are countless acts of Medicare fraud, which wastes a lot of money. The money wasted results in higher costs in healthcare and additional taxes for all people. Unfortunately, there are a lot of criminals out there who would love to get their hands on your parent’s Medicare number so that they can dupe the Medicare system out of money and steal your parent’s identity. As a family caregiver, you can help your parent to prevent Medicare fraud.
What is Medicare Fraud?
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare fraud happens when any of the following circumstances are present:
- Presenting false claims for payment or misrepresenting information on a claim for the purpose of receiving payment when it would otherwise not be warranted.
- Requesting or offering rewards or payment for referrals for services or items that are paid for under the Medicare program.
- Referrals that are made for certain kinds of health services.
Unfortunately, Medicare fraud isn’t confined to just a few shady characters. It may be committed by individuals, groups, or organizations.
Medicare Fraud Prevention Tips.
So, the question then is how family caregivers can prevent your parent’s information from being used to commit Medicare fraud. Below are some tips for safeguarding your parent against Medicare fraud:
- Treat your parent’s Medicare card the same way you would a credit card. After all, it not only contains your parent’s Medicare number, but also their Social Security number.
- Never accept medical equipment from people claiming to be salesmen from Medicare. Medicare never sends representatives to a person’s home for the purpose of selling products or services.
- Practice caution if a provider tells you that they can help get a service or item covered by Medicare that usually isn’t.
- Keep track of the dates of medical appointments and the services your parent received. Double check all medical bills against your records and question things that don’t add up.
- Never give out your parent’s Medicare number or Social Security number to anyone except their doctor or other people you know for certain should have it.
In addition to following the above tips, the best thing family caregivers can do to protect seniors from Medicare fraud is to learn as much as they can about how Medicare works. Find out how the plan works and which services are covered. Don’t be afraid to ask doctors about procedures and costs. If you suspect fraud, report it to Medicare by calling 1-800-MEDICARE.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Meyerland, TX, contact the caring staff at Personal Caregiving Services at 832-564-0338. Providing Care in Houston, Bellaire, West University Place, Katy, and Sugar Land and the surrounding areas.
In 1989 after selling his family owned food service business, Mr. Gerber pursued his compassion for the elderly by completing his geriatric education and training requirements to be a licensed nursing home administrator (LNFA) from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.Previously he received his undergraduate business degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his Masters in business administration (MBA) from the University of Houston.In 2003, Mr. Gerber earned his Certification to be a Senior Advisor (CSA).
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