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November 16, 2023 General Interest

Senior Medicare Patrol in the News…

The Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) was included in a recent television news story on WISN 12 in Milwaukee about the Covid-19 test kit scam. Here is the link to the story: Covid-19 test kit scam This scam involved companies submitting claims to Medicare for Covid-19 at home test kits that were not requested and even, in some cases, not received. This scam surfaced near the end of the Covid-19 public health emergency in mid-May of this year.

This news story prompted many phone calls to the Wisconsin SMP toll-free Helpline (888-818-2611). Medicare beneficiaries called, after watching the news story, and reported that upon review of their Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs), suspicious claims for Covid-19 test kits had been submitted to Medicare on their behalf. These beneficiaries wanted to report this issue and request information about what to do next. It’s not too late to report these claims for investigation and the SMP team is here to help!

This scam highlights, once again, the importance of reviewing Medicare statements on a regular basis to make sure that all the claims represent an accurate picture of the health care that you received by providers who are familiar to you. The fraudsters hope you don’t review your statements. SMP hopes that you do!

How and Why to Read a Medicare Summary Notice is so important in the fight against Medicare-related fraud. Please join us in this fight! If you haven’t already, please go back and review your MSNs to make sure they are accurate.

If you have questions or have a concern to report, contact us at our toll-free Helpline at (888) 818-2611.