Though there are rules and regulations set up to protect against fraud and identity theft in the Medicare system, scams still exist.
Review the tips below and see how a few minor precautions can help you protect yourself from becoming a victim of Medicare fraud.
Tips for protecting yourself from Medicare Fraud
- Never give out your personal information to any unsolicited phone call or home visit from someone claiming to sell Medicare-related products
- Make sure any doctor, provider, or community/state organization you do give your information to is Medicare approved.
- You can identify Medicare providers by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (633-4227); (TTY users can call 1-866-653-4261) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Always review your Medicare claims to check for suspicious activity and to ensure they match up to the dates of doctor visits, tests or other Medicare-related purchases (i.e., prescription drugs)
- If you lose or have your Medicare card stolen, contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 immediately.
- If you receive benefits from the Railroad Retirement Board, immediately call 1-800-808-0772.
For more tips on protecting yourself from Medicare fraud, visit www.medicare.gov.
Steps to take after being a fraud victim
If you are the victim of fraud, it is important to report your concerns immediately. You can reach out to any of the three agencies listed below for assistance in your fraud case.
- Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227); TTY users call 1-877-486-2048 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Call the Fraud Hotline of the HHS Office of the Inspector General at 1-800-447-8477; TTY users call 1-800-377-4950
- Call the Federal Trade Commission’s ID Theft Hotline at 1-877-438-4338 to make a report; TTY users call 1-866-653-4261