CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - Alan Bligh with the BBB joins John Thomas on 3 News First Edition to talk about Medicare fraud.
Each year mistakes, errors, schemers and downright crocks cause us as tax payers to lose billions of dollars due to unjust claims. Sometimes it's simply a billing error where a clinic, doctor or health provider makes a mistake in presenting their bills to Medicare. Other times it is intentional, presenting claims for services that were never given to a Medicare patient.
For example, billing Medicare for a power chair when, in fact, the patient only received a wheelchair. All a schemer needs is the person's Medicare card number and that can file a claim as a provider.
Bligh says there are two ways a person can address this problem. First, seniors and their caregivers need to be well versed on Medicare fraud, how it works and how to spot it, etc. Second, seniors can volunteer to serve as a member of the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP).
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program and BBB will be hosting a seminar on Tuesday, February 28 at the First Methodist Church to discuss this issue and scams in general that target seniors.
Scam of the Week
Bligh also talk about the scam of the week dealing with lost-pet scammers.
Bligh says consumers who advertise that their pet is missing need to beware of schemers who will take advantage of the situation.
Losing a pet is a devastating experience. When unscrupulous people who find ways to capitalize on your lost pet situation in order to dupe you out of money, the loss is even more devastating.
The BBB has received calls about scammers who are defrauding heart broken pet owners in order to line their own pockets and advises pet owners who have advertised a lost pet to be wary of the following two pet scams.
If you have a question for the Better Business Bureau, give them a call at 852-4949, or visit their website at corpuschristi.bbb.org.
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