Linda Madsen, Project Director
Brenda Munson, Coordinator of Volunteers
Kale McHenry, Project Coordinator
Lou Wagner, Regional Volunteer
SCAM OF THE MONTH
STATE AND FEDERAL RESOURCES
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – www.ftc.gov
Medicare – www.medicare.gov
ND Attorney General – www.attorneygeneral.nd.gov
ND State Health Insurance Counseling (SHIC) – www.nd.gov/ndins/shic/
SMP Resource Center – www.smpresource.org
Social Security Administration – www.ssa.gov
North Dakota Senior medicare Patrol: What We Do?
Senior Medicare Patrols (SMPs) empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. SMPs are grant-funded projects of the federal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL). Their work is in three main areas:
- Conduct Outreach and Education. SMPs give presentations to groups, exhibit at events, and work one-on-one with Medicare beneficiaries.
- Engage Volunteers. Protecting older persons’ health, finances, and medical identity while saving precious Medicare dollars is a cause that attracts civic-minded Americans.
- Receive Beneficiary Complaints. When Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and family members bring their complaints to the SMP, the SMP makes a determination about whether or not fraud, errors, or abuse is suspected. When fraud or abuse is suspected, they make referrals to the appropriate state and federal agencies for further investigation.
Medicare Fraud Prevention Week!
June 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program. To celebrate this event, SMP created a national Medicare fraud prevention week focusing on the actions everyone can take to prevent Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse. If you believe you’ve been a victim of Medicare fraud, contact ND SMP @ 1-800-233-1737.
- JUNE 6, 2022: Today’s focus is how beneficiaries can help prevent Medicare fraud.
- JUNE 7, 2022: The focus is how family can help loved ones prevent Medicare fraud.
- JUNE 8, 2022: The focus is how partners and professionals can help clients and consumers prevent Medicare fraud.
- JUNE 9, 2022: The focus is how health care providers can help patients prevent Medicare fraud.
- JUNE 10, 2022: The focus is how the community can help older neighbors look out for Medicare fraud.
WHERE ARE WE LOCATED
We are located at the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) on the campus of Minot State University:
500 University Avenue West
Minot, ND 58707
This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MPPG0021, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201
Points of view or opinions do not necessarily represent official ACL or DHHS policy.