If someone calls and says they’re from Medicare and offers you a “free” or “low cost” brace, hang up right away. No one from Medicare will call you with such an offer. It’s a scam. Never give your Medicare or other personal information over the phone to anyone who calls asking for it. 18/08/2017 · The scammer will either offer you a back brace through Medicare or claim that a caregiver previously called about receiving a back brace from Medicare. If you show interest in the brace, the scammer will start asking for personal information, such as your Social Security number or a Medicare number to access the benefits. The Better Business Bureau is hearing from consumers – more than 200 since the first of the year – who have been targeted by scammers for “free” back braces. How the Scam Works You get a call saying you qualify for a back brace or a knee brace – totally paid for by Medicare. 09/04/2019 · Medicare was charged nearly $3,000 for the unneeded medical equipment, the family said. The Sweetman case was first reported by NBC affiliate WHEC-TV in Rochester in February. As many as 130 medical equipment companies were implicated in the scam that resulted in a total of $1.2 billion in losses, prosecutors said.
10/04/2019 · WASHINGTON AP — Federal agents on Tuesday broke up a billion dollar Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors. Two dozen people were charged, including doctors accused of writing bogus prescriptions. The Justice Department said the scheme relied on. 09/04/2019 · Feds charge 2 dozen in billion dollar Medicare brace scam Federal authorities say they've busted a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces via foreign call centers.
17/04/2019 · Choosing a Backup Generator Plus 3 LEGAL House Connection Options - Transfer Switch and More - Duration: 12:39. Bailey Line Road Recommended for you. If a beneficiary has received unwanted or unneeded braces, and that equipment is billed to Medicare, then Medicare may deny a brace that the beneficiary needs in the future. Protect Yourself. If you receive a call from someone offering you a free brace that will be billed to Medicare, hang up immediately.
The back brace or knee brace that was billed as “free” is not free at all. Later, Medicare will be billed. Medicare gets a bill for the knee, back, or arm braces for thousands of dollars each brace costs from $1,000 to $2,000, when in reality a back or knee brace costs far less than that. 08/11/2019 · "Instead you get a bunch of Velcro braces and assorted knee and ankle wraps," says Micky Heidrich Moore, a volunteer member of the Senior Medicare Patrol, a federal public education program. Meanwhile, the kit supplier bills Medicare $3,000 for state-of-the-art braces and splints.
09/04/2019 · We first told you about this scam in October. Several seniors reported to us that they continued to get medical braces in the mail that their doctors didn't prescribe for them. Medicare did pay for these braces, despite these seniors telling us they did not order the braces and didn't want them. 09/04/2019 · Federal agents on Tuesday broke up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that peddled medically unnecessary orthopedic braces to seniors across the nation. Authorities charged two dozen people, including doctors accused of writing fake prescriptions and.
06/09/2017 · The pink postcard didn't fool Jim Schey. It told him he may be eligible for a back or knee brace that would reduce his pain and be covered by Medicare. He knew the offer was sleazy because he is the last person who needs a knee brace. "I have two. 10/04/2019 · WEDNESDAY, April 10, 2019 HealthDay News -- Two dozen people have been charged in an orthopedic brace scam that cost Medicare more than $1.2 billion. The scheme sold unneeded back, shoulder, wrist and knee braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors, using overseas calls centers to get Medicare. 09/04/2019 · WASHINGTON — Federal authorities say they've broken up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors via foreign call centers. The Justice Department announced charges Tuesday against 24 people in the U.S.
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