March 31, 2021 Elder Abuse Prevention Committee

Health Care Fraud

Protect yourself from and counsel your clients on current healthcare-related scams

Report of the Elder Abuse Prevention Committee | Authored by Karen Neely

COVID-19 has provided a fertile field for committing health care fraud. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued an alert about new schemes. Scammers are using telemarketing calls, text messages, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits to perpetrate COVID-19 related scams. According to DHHS, fraudsters lure victims with COVID-19 tests and Medicare prescription cards in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information. Then the personal information collected is used to fraudulently bill federal health programs and commit medical identity theft.

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