Dishonest Durable Medical Equipment (DME) providers target Medicare recipients by offering so-called “free” medical equipment
Dishonest Durable Medical Equipment (DME) providers target Medicare recipients by offering so-called “free” medical equipment, like knee and back braces. Below are three easy tips Seniors can follow to avoid being victims of DME Fraud:
- Don’t order medical items or services over the phone, unless your physician advised it. If anyone other than your physician’s office requests you to provide your Medicare information, hang up!
- Never accept “free” medical equipment or services in exchange for your Medicare number. Nothing is ever free.
- Review your Medicare Summary Notices or Explanation of Benefits paperwork for items that appear that you did not order or receive and report any discrepancies immediately.
If you suspect fraud has occurred, report it immediately by calling the Indiana Senior Medicare Patrol office at 800-986-3505.
Learn more about Medicare Fraud and Abuse [PDF].
Beware of scammers using the Health Insurance Marketplace to confuse Medicare recipients!
The Health Insurance Marketplace is designed to help individuals who do not have any health insurance through Medicare. The Marketplace will not have any effect on someone’s Medicare coverage.
Your Medicare benefits aren’t changing. No matter how you get Medicare, whether through Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan, you will still have the same benefits and security you have now, and you won’t have to make any changes.
The Marketplace provides new health insurance options for many Americans. If you have family and friends who do not have health insurance, encourage them to visit HealthCare.gov to learn about the options available to them.
Read these FAQ’s to learn more.