Medicare and Identity Theft Information

Written by on February 6, 2013 in News

Medicare and Identity Theft information will be the topic of a program hosted by the Senior Medicare Patrol from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. The program will be at the Moose Lodge located at 2529 Mt. Pleasant Street, Burlington. This event is open to the public and is without charge. This program should be of interest to seniors, family members, caregivers, and others interested in Medicare and identity theft.

It will cover how Medicare is a necessary part of our lives. However, today and more than ever scam artists are threatening Medicare by fraud and abuse. The Senior Medicare Patrol program believes 99% of the healthcare providers in Iowa are honest and caring people. Everyday scam artists rip off consumers and Medicare is losing billions of dollars each year. The Senior Medicare Patrol wants to inform you about this problem and teach you how not to be a target of healthcare fraud, errors and identity theft.

Medicare processes 4.5 million claims per workday, honest mistakes, payments in the wrong amount or to an unauthorized provider accounts for improper payments in 2011, which totaled $28.8 billion for “original” Medicare according to the June 2012, GAO Report. In addition, criminals use your Medicare and Social Security numbers to steal your benefits.

Learn that the best lines of defense in the fight against Medicare fraud and errors are individuals. You can make a difference by following three steps. First, we will inform you how to PROTECT your personal information and avoid identity theft. Secondly, how to DETECT potential errors, fraud, and whether someone has stolen your identity. Third, if you suspect you have been a target of fraud, or find errors, or been a victim of identity theft where and how to REPORT it.

All those participating in the seminar will receive a copy of a Personal Healthcare Journal for keeping track of medical appointments. We will have time for discussion and provide resource handouts. Refreshments will be served.
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