It’s unfortunate, but there are people who masquerade as “companies” in order to collect your personal information for their own financial gain. Medicare scams are especially common and could cost you or a loved one thousands of dollars.
Avoid These Common Medicare Scams
One of the best things you can do to prevent becoming a victim of a Medicare scam is to stay aware of what type of schemes are popular right now. Here are a few examples of current fraud schemes to watch out for:
-Medicare clients have been victimized by telemarketers, television commercials, and door-to-door sales advertising a special “arthritis kit.” They’re told that special braces will relieve their pain. Instead, they receive a pile of Velcro braces and wraps while the person who supplied the kit bills Medicare for high end medical supplies that the individuals did not receive.
-Home health care scams offering professional quality services for everything from cleaning assistance to physical therapy are also common. Companies promise the moon, then provide sub-par care (or no care at all) while laughing on the way to the bank as they charge Medicare for high end services.
-Cold calls from “businesses” asking for Social Security or Medicare information.
While the federal government is working to help decrease Medicare fraud, it’s still a big issue. That’s why it’s important for citizens to be aware that scams are common. If something sounds “too good to be true”, it likely is.
Fraud Prevention Tips
-Understand your Medicare coverage. If you have questions, ask your provider.
-Contact your personal physician before making any medical decisions or changes, such as purchasing new equipment or trying a new prescription.
-Treat your Medicare information as you would treat important bank information. Do not give your Medicare number to a telemarketer or stranger. Review your account statement each month.
-Remember that legitimate companies will not contact you without you or your doctor providing them with your information.
If you notice activity that you think might be part of a scam, report it to Medicare at stopmedicarefraud.gov or by calling 800-MEDICARE (633-4227).
If you or a loved one has received faulty medical equipment or been a victim of Medicare-related crime, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.