Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
Preventing Medicare Fraud, Abuse and Errors
Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) empowers and assists Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. SMPs are grant-funded projects of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Administration for Community Living.
Local SMPs use trained senior volunteers to help educate and empower seniors in the fight against healthcare fraud. Your SMP can help you with questions, concerns or complaints about potential fraud and abuse issues. It also provides information and educational presentations.
For more information, or to file a complaint, call TN SMP
Medicare fraud and abuse affects everyone. Medicare loses billions of dollars to improper claims every year. This affects everyone by wasting billions of taxpayer dollars. This also affects you. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Medicare is complicated. What may seem like an error to the beneficiary may simply be the result of a misunderstanding about benefits. It may also be abuse, which involves billing Medicare for services that are not covered or are not correctly coded. The provider has not knowingly and intentionally misrepresented the facts to obtain payment. Medicare fraud assumes criminal intent. CLICK HERE to learn more.