Unscrupulous or fraudulent individuals often target older adults with various types of fraud schemes. Commonly, the fraudster will attempt to obtain a person’s Medicare or Medicaid number so that they can bill Medicare or Medicaid for services that were never performed. In other instances, Medicare and Medicaid recipients are enrolled in health care products that do not meet their needs and cause disruption to their care.
Senior Medicare Patrols (SMP) empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries and their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse.
The opportunity for fraud and abuse increases when changes are made to the Medicare and Medicaid programs, so it is important that advocates remain up-to-date on the latest program rules.
As part of a special project in California, Justice in Aging is working with California Health Advocates (CHA) and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) to provide training and technical assistance to the CHA/SMP network on Medicare and Medi-Cal fraud issues that impact dual eligibles.
Justice in Aging is pleased to lend our expertise on dual eligible issues to this important effort.
The training materials are available below: