CMS Alert on Medicare Fraud

COVID-19; Medicare

Last week, CMS released an email update focused on Medicare fraud. The email states​ that “as the country begins to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic. The HHS Office of Inspector General alerted the public about COVID-19 fraud schemes, with scammers using telemarketing calls, text messages, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits to perpetrate COVID-19-related scams. Con artists may also try to get Medicare Numbers or personal information so they can steal identities and commit Medicare fraud. Medicare fraud results in higher health care costs and taxes for everyone.”  

The email noted the following important information and tips to help prevent Medicare beneficiaries from being a victim of fraud: