February 8, 2024 Fraud & Scams
Senior Medicare Patrol in the News…Again
The Wisconsin Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) was included in a recent television news story on WISN 12 in Milwaukee about the urinary catheter kit scam. Here is the link to the story: Tax payer money spent on catheter kits no one wants. This scam involves suppliers submitting claims to Medicare for urinary catheter kits that are not wanted or needed by the Medicare beneficiary. Beneficiaries are noticing the claims on their Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs). The Wisconsin SMP issued a fraud alert about this in October of last year, encouraging people to check their MSNs for these suspicious claims.
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.