Protecting your personal information is the best line of defense in the fight against health care fraud, Covid-19 scams and abuse. Every day, consumers get ripped off by scam artists. You can make a difference!
Here are some ways to take an active role in protecting yourself:
- Your Medicare number is like gold. Treat it and Social Security numbers like a credit card number. Never give these numbers to a stranger, especially someone who calls you on the phone.
- Stay informed about Covid-19 scams including robocalls and emails offering Covid-19 testing services that can be ordered through a online provider.
- No one should come to your door offering “free” coronavirus testing, treatment, or supplies.
- Offers to purchase COVID-19 vaccination cards are scams. Valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination can only be provided to individuals by legitimate providers administering vaccines.
- Remember, Medicare doesn’t call or visit to sell you anything.
- Don’t carry your Medicare or Medicaid card unless you will need it.
- Record doctor visits, tests and procedures in a personal health care journal or calendar.
- Save Medicare Summary Notices (MSNs) and Explanations of Benefits (EOBs). Shred the documents when they are no longer useful.
If you suspect that you have been targeted by a Medicare scam, please call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048. If you’re in a Medicare Advantage Plan, call the Medicare Drug Integrity Contractor (MEDIC) at 1-877-7SAFERX (1-877-772-3379).
If you suspect COVID-19 health care fraud, report it immediately to Office of Inspector General online or call 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477).