New Medicare Scam on the Rise!
By Carolyn Moy, Business Office Manager
You may be aware that the Federal government is poised to change our Medicare Identification numbers next year (2018) as a result of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. This important piece of legislation was passed to better protect private health care and financial information along with Federal health care benefit and service payments. Currently, most beneficiaries are identified by a Social Security number followed by a letter. As an improvement to security, Medicare will be issuing new randomly-generated numbers and cards will be sent to beneficiaries beginning in April 2018.
Scamsters are already calling Medicare beneficiaries and requesting the beneficiary to either send in payment in order to receive their new Medicare card, and/or asking the beneficiary to confirm their Medicare and Social Security numbers. Alternatively, the scamsters are requesting bank account information so they can auto-draft the beneficiary’s account as fraudulent payment for the new card.
Medicare will NEVER call you for information and the new cards will be provided free of charge. Please do not give any of this information out over the telephone and do not keep your Medicare card in your wallet in case it is stolen. Stay safe out there!
About the author
Carolyn Moy, a graduate of the University of Rhode Island joined the West View team in May 2016 with over ten years of skilled nursing experience in Rhode Island facilities. She also served for one year as a volunteer long-term care ombudsman for the Rhode Island Alliance for Better Long-Term Care.
About West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is a 120-bed skilled nursing facility providing long-term care and rehabilitation services located in West Warwick, Rhode Island. At West View, our commitment is to treat every resident with the respect and dignity that he or she deserves, and to involve them and their family in the development and implementation of their care plan in order
to maximize positive results.