Thankfully, the U.S. Justice Department is fighting back. Anticipating a rising number of aging baby boomers and the ensuing financial pressure on the system, the Department together with Medicare officials are cracking down on suspicious claims. Since 2007, a nationwide law enforcement program has indicted 800 defendants who submitted nearly $2 billion in false bills, most often with stolen Medicare ID numbers. You can seek help in filing Medicare claims and verifying accuracy by speaking with a licensed professional fiduciary.
Here are a few measures that individuals can take to help fight fraud:
- Never allow someone to borrow your Medicare ID number
- Review your Medicare claims for accuracy
- If you think you’ve spotted Medicare fraud, call 1-800-633-4277 to report it.
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