SMP’s Role in the Back Brace Bust

Did you see the recent news about Medicare’s bust of a $1.2 billion fraud scheme regarding orthopedic devices (e.g. back braces).

Our collective efforts through Indiana’s Senior Medicare Patrol, including local Area Agency on Aging SMP staff and volunteers, have contributed to this take down. This has been a nationwide problem, involving many high-level stakeholders and other states’ SMPs. Indiana state and local SMP staff and volunteers have doggedly documented and reported an overwhelming number of “back brace” calls from concerned consumers over the past several years.

Our state SMP staff have worked with Indiana Attorney General and Secretary of State’s offices, advised the Office of Inspector General and Medicare Fraud Units at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, talked about the issue with our federal Congressional delegation, partnered with investigative reporters, provided public education on avoiding the scam, and shared information with the Senate Special Committee on Aging through former Senator Donnelly’s office. IAAAA even testified about SMP’s work at the statehouse on a telemarketing protections bill this year.

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You Can Influence State Policy On Aging

If you have great ideas or concerns about how we help older Hoosiers and persons with disabilities remain independent and achieve the best quality of life possible, then the Indiana Division of Aging needs your help!

No matter where you live in Indiana, you can make application to join the Indiana Commission on Aging. The purpose of the Commission is to:

  • encourage research, study and discussion of the current problems of aging an aged,
  • disseminate information relating to such problems and proposed solutions,
  • explore opportunities for partnership with other institutions of aging and aged,
  • conduct educational programs throughout the state,
  • cooperate with any Commission or other body which may be set up by the county, state, or federal government for the study of the problems of the aging or aged, and
  • assist the Indiana Division of Aging in the development of a comprehensive plan to meet the needs of the aged.

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