The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
Individuals are offering COVID-19 tests to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information. However, the services are unapproved and illegitimate.
Individuals are targeting beneficiaries in a number of ways, including telemarketing calls, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits. These individuals use the coronavirus pandemic to benefit themselves, and beneficiaries face potential harms. The personal information collected can be used to fraudulently bill Federal health care programs and commit medical identity theft.
Advantage MD Plan Members should:
- Be cautious of unsolicited requests for their Medicare, other insurance, Social Security numbers, banking or credit card information.
- Be suspicious of any unexpected calls or visitors offering COVID-19 tests or supplies.
- Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media sites.
- Have a physician or other trusted healthcare provider assess your condition and approve any requests for COVID-19 testing.
If you believe your Advantage MD Plan information has been compromised or that you were a victim of suspected fraud, please contact the Advantage MD Medicare Compliance Department using one of the following methods listed below:
Phone: Local 410-762-1575 or Toll free 1-844-697-4071
Hotline: 1-844-SPEAK2US (1-844-773-2528)
Mail: Johns Hopkins Advantage MD Medicare Compliance Department
7231 Parkway Drive, Suite 100
Hanover, MD 21076
If you suspect COVID-19 fraud, the OIG requests that you contact National Center for Disaster Fraud Hotline 866-720-5721 or email@example.com