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Medicare fraud is often in the news, but what is it, exactly? Fraud costs Medicare an estimated $60 billion a year and contributes to the rising cost of health care for all Americans. Once you understand what is involved, you can help prevent fraud.
Medicare fraud occurs when providers mislead Medicare into paying for services it shouldn't be paying for. Examples of fraud include: a health care provider, such as a doctor or hospital, billing Medicare for services you never received; a supplier charging Medicare for equipment you never got; or someone using your Medicare card to get medical care or supplies.
You can take steps to prevent fraud.
If you suspect fraud, you should call the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General's hotline at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477) or e-mail the Inspector General's office at HHSTips@oig.hhs.gov.