5 Ways for Healthcare Providers to Get Ready for New Medicare Cards

Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries. CMS will issue new Medicare cards with a new unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare …

New Medicare cards offer greater protection to more than 57.7 million Americans

New cards will no longer contain Social Security numbers, to combat fraud and illegal use The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is readying a fraud prevention initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to help combat identity theft, and safeguard taxpayer dollars. The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned number called a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier …

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HHS OIG Hotline Scam – need to share & warn our partners asap

A telephone scam in which crooks alter caller ID to make it seem as if the call is coming from the HHS OIG Hotline 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477) to get beneficiaries and members of the public to verify or share personal info which is used to victimize them via financial and other crimes – draining their bank accounts. OIG wants the public …

What to do if you’re wrongfully billed for Medicare costs

Know your rights as a Qualified Medicare Beneficiary. By Stacy Canan and Tim Engelhardt – JAN 18, 2017 If you’re among the 7 million Americans enrolled in the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program , doctors, suppliers, and other providers aren’t allowed to bill you for Medicare costs when you receive covered medical services, equipment, and supplies. Your Medicare premiums, as …

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Give Fraudsters the Old “One-Two”

Just hang up on phone solicitors offering free gifts in exchange for your Medicare card number or other health information. Read about more ways to beat the Medicare crooks in the link, below. Help fight Medicare fraud | Medicare.gov Learn about examples of Medicare fraud, like getting billed for services or equipment you never got. Learn More WWW.MEDICARE.GOV

CMS Awards Special Innovation Projects

CMS BLOG CMS Awards Special Innovation Projects to Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations Aimed to Drive Better Care, Smarter Spending, and Healthier People October 20, 2016 By: Patrick Conway, MD, MSc Acting Principal Deputy Administrator Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality CMS Chief Medical Officer Kate Goodrich, MD Director Center for Clinical Standards and Quality Dennis Wagner, MPA Director, Quality Improvement …

Fight Fraud by Guarding Your Medicare Number

Health care fraud drives up costs for everyone in the health care system.  One way to protect against such fraud is to guard your Medicare number.  Fraud schemes often depend on identity thieves getting hold of people’s Medicare numbers, so treat your number as you would a credit card.   Follow these important steps to protect yourself from fraud:   …

“Plans for the Quality Payment Program in 2017: Pick Your Pace”

As the baby boom generation ages, 10,000 people enter the Medicare program each day. Facing that demand, it is essential that Medicare continues to support physicians in delivering high-quality patient care. This includes increasing its focus on patient outcomes and reducing the obstacles that make it harder for physicians to practice good care. The bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization …