The SMP program helps Medicare beneficiaries avoid, detect, and prevent health care fraud. SMP trained volunteer workers assist Medicare beneficiaries and their families.

  • In 2012 up to $60 billion in improper Medicare payments were made.  (Source)
  • Every $1 invested in combating fraud saves $8.10. (Source)

Services provided:

  • Education for beneficiaries to learn to scrutinize Medicare billing information to identify deceptive health care practices, such as double-billing, overcharging, or providing unnecessary or inappropriate services.

  • Education opportunities (i.e. Scam Jams) for consumers and the public about other types of fraud and scams, such as financial exploitation, identity theft, computer scams, and mail and telemarketing scams.

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