As a Medicare beneficiary, you should look out for suspicious behavior from health care providers that might indicate Medicare fraud or abuse. For example, providers should not be providing or billing for hospice services for patients who are not terminally ill, billing for a higher level of care than they actually provide, or falsifying records related to hospice care eligibility.
If you suspect that a provider is committing hospice care fraud, you should contact your Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). Your SMP can help you identify possible fraud, errors, and abuse, and report your concerns. If you do not know how to reach your SMP, you can call 877-808-2468 or visit www.smpresource.org.
Read Next: What Is Medicare’s Hospice Benefit?
Learn About: What Services are Covered Under The Hospice Benefit?
Return to: Medicare In-Depth
Clicking third-party links will open a new tab and will take you away from YourMedicare.com. YourMedicare.com, LLC does not control the linked sites’ content or link.
YourMedicare.com takes pride in providing you as much information as possible concerning your Medicare options, but only a health insurance broker licensed to sell Medicare can help you compare your plan options from various insurance companies. When you’re ready, we recommend you discuss your needs with a YourMedicare.com Licensed Sales Agent.
This content was created and copyrighted by the Medicare Rights Center ©2020. Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities. These materials are presented here with support from YourMedicare.com and may not be distributed, modified or edited without Medicare Rights’ consent.