Georgia Woman Arrested for Role in Scheme to Defraud Health Care Benefit Programs Related to Cancer Genetic Testing and COVID-19 Testing

A Georgia woman was arrested today for her alleged role in a conspiracy to defraud Medicare, a federally funded health care benefit program, by submitting false and fraudulent claims for cancer genetic (CGX) testing, as well as her role in conspiring to submit fraudulent claims related to COVID-19 and other tests. Ashley Hoobler Parris, aka Ashley Hoobler and Ashley Parris, …

Covid-19 Medicare Scams on Rise Against Seniors

From New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud: ALBANY, N.Y. – Seniors are being widely pitched with COVID-19 insurance scams trying to defraud their Medicare accounts and steal their identities, warns the New York Alliance Against Insurance Fraud. Fraudsters are offering “free” testing kits, vaccines and supplies – promising Medicare will pay. Medicare and other scams are rapidly rising against America’s …

Inspector General Warns Public About New Social Security Benefit Suspension Scam

Inspector General Warns Public About New Social Security Benefit Suspension Scam The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19 or coronavirus-related office closures. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will not suspend or discontinue benefits because their offices are closed. The Social Security Office …

Medicare is Updating Coverage to Help in the Coronavirus Crisis

Medicare Is Updating Coverage to Help in the Coronavirus Crisis With its beneficiaries among the most at risk for Covid-19, the agency is relaxing some rules. By Mark Miller, SMP.gov Published March 24, 2020Updated March 26, 2020 Older Americans are at a high risk for serious illness from the coronavirus, and most who are over age 65 are covered by …

Scams – Coronavirus treatments

FTC & FDA: Warnings sent to sellers of scam Coronavirus treatments March 9, 2020 by Colleen Tressler Consumer Education Specialist, FTC Be on the lookout for scammers taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus. Today, we have an update. The FTC and FDA have jointly issued warning letters to seven sellers of unapproved and misbranded products, claiming they can treat …

Social Security Launches New Campaign to Fight Scammers

Posted on February 13, 2020 by Mike Korbey, Deputy Commissioner for Communications Recently, we launched a new Public Service Announcement campaign as our latest step to caution you about the ongoing nationwide telephone impersonation scheme. The videos feature a message from our Commissioner, Andrew Saul. Along with our Office of the Inspector General, we continue to receive reports about fraudulent …

App helps Veterans manage chemotherapy symptoms

“Many positive responses.” “Easy to do.” Posted onTuesday, January 21, 2020 9:50 am Posted in Health, Inside Veterans Health by VAntage Point Contributor 474 views Veterans with cancer who undergo aggressive therapies often endure adverse effects. The worst symptoms usually happen at home following chemotherapy or other treatment. As a result, a team at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center in …

At the End of another Successful Medicare Open Enrollment, CMS is Dedicated to Ensuring Seniors are Confident in their Choices

At the End of another Successful Medicare Open Enrollment, CMS is Dedicated to Ensuring Seniors are Confident in their Choices As we start a new year, we know that for many seniors January 1st also signals a fresh start for their Medicare health insurance coverage. Coverage and costs may change, deductibles reset, and those who changed health or drug plans …

CMS offers widespread support for Puerto Rico amid Earthquake

CMS offers widespread support for Puerto Rico amid Earthquakes The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced efforts underway to support Puerto Rico in response to recent earthquakes. On January 8, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency (PHE) in Puerto Rico that is retroactive to December 28, 2019. CMS is working to …

Inspector General Warns Public About New Twist to Social Security Phone Scams

Inspector General Warns Public About New Twist To Social Security Phone Scams Posted on January 9, 2020 by Tracy Lynge, Acting OIG Communications Director The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning the public that telephone scammers may send faked documents by email to convince victims to comply with their demands. The Social Security Administration Office of …