With all the new changes in health care laws, you need to be more alert than ever to scams! When necessary, Family Tree caregivers will take phones for clients, filter their mail, and answer the door to help our families avoid these scams!

According to stopmedicarefraud.gov, the following are some common scam tactics that can be easily avoided. Be suspicious of doctors, health care providers, or suppliers who:

  • Ask for your Medicare number:
    • In exchange for free equipment or services
    • For “record keeping purposes”
  • Tell you that tests become cheaper as  more of them are provided
  • Advertise “free” consultations to people with Medicare
  • Call or visit you and say they represent Medicare or the federal government
  • Use telephone or door-to-door selling techniques
  • Use pressure or scare tactics to sell you expensive medical services or diagnostic tests
  • Bill Medicare for services you never received or a diagnosis you do not have
  • Offer non-medical transportation or housekeeping as Medicare-approved services
  • Bill home health services for patients who are not confined to their home, or for patients who still drive a car
  • Bill Medicare for medical equipment for people in nursing homes
  • Bill Medicare for tests you received as a hospital inpatient or within 72 hours of admission or discharge
  • Bill Medicare for a power wheelchair or scooter when you don’t meet Medicare’s qualifications

If you’re loved one has fell victim to a scam, please call us today for complimentary in-home assessment and see if our care services are right for you – 866-514-4764