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Daily Q&A: How can I protect myself from Medicare fraud?

What tips can you provide me to protect myself from Medicare fraud?

Senior Medicare Patrol programs offer a variety of tips to guard seniors against Medicare fraud.

Here are some of the suggestions from SMP:

• Only visit your personal doctor, hospital or clinic for medical help. Only they should make referrals for special equipment, services or medicine.

• Never show anyone your medical or prescription records without first talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

• If someone calls and tries to threaten or pressure you into something, simply hang up the phone.

• If someone comes to your door and says they are from Medicare or some other health care company, shut the door.

• Don't keep mail in your mailbox for more than one day. People steal personal information right out of your mailbox.

For these and other tips, visit: www.smpresource.org and click the consumer protection tab.

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Daily Q&A: How can I protect myself from Medicare fraud? 06/10/10 [Last modified: Thursday, June 10, 2010 2:27pm]
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