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care number just as they would a credit card number. They can help their loved ones create a Medicare. gov account to access their Medicare statements online or remind them to open and review them when they come in the mail. They can also register their loved one’s phone number on “do not call” lists and go to optoutprescreen. com to opt out of mailings.

• Partners and professionals can help by sharing SMP information on social media, referring clients and consumers to the SMP, and inviting the SMP to speak during a shared event.

• Health care providers can help by talking to patients about health care-related scams such as those related to durable medical equipment and genetic testing schemes. They can remind them that products and services should only be ordered by physicians they regularly see. Needed medical items should never be ordered through TV ads or unsolicited calls.

• Community members can help by looking out for older neighbors. When in public, they can be aware of older individuals purchasing gift cards in large amounts. They can encourage those they know to talk to a trusted source about their Medicare questions and tell neighbors about the most recent Medicare scams. They can even consider volunteering with the local SMP!

Senior Medicare Patrol is ready to provide you with the information you need to PROTECT yourself from Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse; DETECT potential fraud, errors, and abuse; and REPORT your concerns. SMP leaders and volunteers help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries in the fight against health care fraud. Your local SMP can help you with your questions, concerns, or complaints about potential fraud and abuse issues. Educational presentations and informational materials are also available.

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