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.
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