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New Medicare notices gives seniors a tool to help fight against fraud

Medicare beneficiaries will start receiving a redesigned statement of their claims for services and benefits that will help them spot potential fraud, waste, and abuse, according to a recent press release by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The redesigned notice will make it easier for people with Medicare to understand their benefits, file an appeal if a claim is denied, and spot claims for services they never received. The CMS will send the notices to Medicare beneficiaries on a quarterly basis.

Since the Affordable Care Act’s inception, CMS has revoked 14,663 providers and suppliers’ ability to bill in the Medicare program. These efforts ensure that only qualified and legitimate providers and suppliers can provide health care products and services to Medicare beneficiaries. Over the last four years, the Obama administration has recovered over $14.9 billion in healthcare fraud judgments, settlements, and administrative impositions, including record recoveries in 2011 and 2012.

To read the CMS press release, click here.