Fraud, Abuse and Errors.
Medicare fraud, abuse and errors happen when Medicare is billed for services or supplies that you never received. This results in millions of dollars lost each year which you pay for through higher health care costs and higher taxes.
Save and Review
You can protect yourself and Medicare against fraud by reviewing your claims for errors, reporting errors and concerns, and knowing how to spot fraud. Review your claims for errors.
When you get health care services -
• record the dates on a calendar
• save the receipts and statements you get from providers to check for mistakes
• compare this information with the claims Medicare processed to make sure you or Medicare weren’t billed for
services or items you didn’t receive
After Medicare processes your Original Medicare claims, you can review them three ways:
1. Look at your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN)
2. Visit www.MyMedicare.gov
3. Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) and use the automated phone system. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048
To help protect yourself and Medicare, you should report all suspected instances of fraud (whether it involves Medicare or private insurers) and identity theft. Whenever you get a payment notice from Medicare, review it for errors. The notice shows what Medicare was billed for, what Medicare paid, and what (if anything) you owe. Make sure Medicare wasn’t billed for health care services or medical supplies and equipment you didn’t get. Remember, you can also check your processed Original Medicare claims by visiting www.MyMedicare.gov or calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) and using the automated phone system. TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048. Fraud increases everyone’s health care costs, much the same as how shoplifting increases the price of food and clothing. To protect you and Medicare, we must work together to reduce costs.
How to review your Medicare Summary Notice
MSN Part A
MSN Part B
Sample MSN—Part B
Sample MSN—Part B
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