Medicare Fraud and Abuse
What is Senior Medicare Patrol?
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) helps empower consumers to prevent healthcare fraud. Senior Medicare Patrol’s three principles are:
- PROTECT yourself from Medicare and Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse
- DETECT Medicare and Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse
- REPORT Medicare and Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse
The Illinois SMP program is administered through AgeOptions in Suburban Cook County, but works with several agencies across the state to further their efforts including the Area Agency on Aging of Southwestern Illinois which is the SMP Coordinator for the 46 Southern Illinois counties.
Illinois SMP provides several useful tools to help prevent fraud:
How to read your Medicare Summary Notice (PDF)
Illinois SMP Tool Kit (PDF)
The toolkit provides information about Medicare, a checklist to use when considering a private insurance plan, and tips on how to protect yourself from fraud.
For more information and updates on scams and fraud alerts, please visit the Illinois SMP website.
How can I volunteer?
If you are interested in becoming a SMP volunteer, please contact Tamara Foote, Senior Medicare Patrol Coordinator, AgeSmart Community Resources at 618-222-2561 or 800-326-3221.