Help Stop Medical Identity Theft and Medicare Fraud – Fight Back!

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Medical identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information (like your name, Social Security number, or Medicare number) to obtain medical care, buy drugs, or submit fake billings to Medicare in your name. Medical identity theft can disrupt your life, damage your credit rating, and waste taxpayer dollars. The damage can be life-threatening to you if the wrong information ends up in your personal medical records.

Fight Back! Deter, Detect, Defend

DETER

Protect Your Personal Information Guard your Medicare and Social Security numbers.Treat them like you would treat your credit cards.

If it’s free, they don’t need your number! Be suspicious of anyone who offers you free medical equipment or services and then requests your Medicare number.

It’s illegal, and it’s not worth it! Do not let anyone borrow or pay to use your Medicare ID card or your identity.

DETECT
Watch Out for These Common Fraud Schemes

Just walk away if people approach you in parking lots, shopping centers, or other public areas and offer free services, groceries, transportation, or other items in exchange for your Medicare number.

Simply hang up the phone if someone calls you claiming to be conducting a health survey and ask for your Medicare number.

Don’t give your information to telephone marketers who claim to be from Medicare or Social Security and ask for payment over the phone or Internet. They may want to steal your money.

DEFEND
Check Your Medical Bills, Medicare SummaryNotices, Explanations of Benefits and Credit Reports

>Were you charged for any medical services or equipment that you didn’t get?

>Do the dates of services and charges look unfamiliar? Were you billed for the same thing twice?

>Does your credit report show any unpaid bills for medical services or equipment you didn’t receive?

>Have you received any collection notices for medical services or equipment you didn’t receive?

Report Medicare Fraud and Medical Identity Theft

>If you spot unusual or questionable charges, contactyour health care provider. It may just be a mistake.

>If your complaint is not resolved by your provider,report the questionable charges to Medicare.

>If you suspect Medicare fraud, contact the Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General.

>If you think someone is misusing your personalinformation, contact the Federal Trade Commission.

Who to Contact

Department of Health & Human Services
Office of Inspector General Hotline

Report suspected Medicare fraud:
Phone: 1-800-447-8477 (1-800-HHS-TIPS)
TTY: 1-800-377-4950 | FAX: 1-800-223-8164
E-mail: HHSTips@oig.hhs.gov
Online: OIG.HHS.gov/fraud/hotline

Medicare Call Center and SMPs

Report questionable charges to Medicare: Phone: 1-800-633-4227 (1-800-MEDICARE)
TTY: 1-877-486-2048 | Online: medicare.gov

You can also contact your local SMP:

SMPs (formerly Senior Medicare Patrols) work locally to empower seniors to fight health care fraud and resolve errors.
Find an SMP in your area Go to www.smpresource.org or call 1-877-808-2468

If your Medicare card is lost or stolen, report it right away.

Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213
(TTY: 1-800-325-0778) for a replacement.

Get help reading your Medicare Summary Notice

www.medicare.gov/basics/SummaryNotice.asp

Get a free credit report each year by calling 1-877-322-8228

Federal Trade Commission’s Identity Theft Hotline

Report misuse of your personal information:Phone: 1-877-438-4338 (1-877-ID-THEFT) TTY: 1-866-653-4261 | Online: FTC.gov/idtheft

To learn more about medical identity theft visit:

www.WorldPrivacyForum.org/medicalidentitytheft.html

 

www.StopMedicareFraud.gov

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2 thoughts on “Help Stop Medical Identity Theft and Medicare Fraud – Fight Back!

  1. I am going through Medical ID Theft right now. I get all the bills from the debt collectors and my credit is swamped with over 200,000 dollars of medical debt that is not mine. It is all from hospitals in CA. and I live in MO. I have never even been to CA. I have tried to get involved with Identity Theft Shield and Kroll, but they have been giving me the run around for over a year. I have contacted the Attorny Generals Office, made a police report, sent affidavids, put credit alerts on all 3 credit bureaus and have disputed all 132 items on my credit report from every hospital in California it seems like. And they just keep coming. It seems like there is no stopping it! Half of the hospitals said they do not have my social security number on file, so I ask the collection agencies how they got my information and they said the computer matches up names. If your name a Bday is close to the patient that didnt pay their bill then the computer flags you as the patient (yes even if your 5 states away). How can that be legal, letting a computer play a matching game. Kind of like eenie meenie minee moe, in order to totally ruin someones life! All of this is impossible to make stop now that it has started. I have been dealing with it for almost 3 years. I think it should be illegal for the credit agencies to use a computer to guess on who the bill should go to. If anyone can provide me with a name of a lawyer that can help me through this or that deals with Medical Identity Theft, i would appreciate it. I am to the end of my rope, I dont know what to do next and everyone keeps shutting the door in my face, they are pretty much just saying “sucks to be you”. It is putting a strain on my family and our ability to purchase a home or a vehicle becuase it is ruining my credit. I am only 28 and I had great credit and now its ruined and there is nothing I can do about it. Its like I have to sit back and watch it deteriorate, and allow someone to do this to my credit that I worked so hard to keep in good standing. Can someone please give me any advice on who to talk to in the St. Louis area that deals with this?? Thank You!

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