The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) empowers and assists Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers, to prevent, detect, and report suspected healthcare fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. The SMP works to resolve beneficiary complaints of potential healthcare fraud in collaboration with state and federal partners, including the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, state Medicaid fraud control units, and state attorneys general.

Services are delivered through a state-wide network of trained and certified counselors who provide assistance in-person and by phone, make group presentations, and use a variety of media sources to educate people about Medicare fraud, errors and abuse.

For an appointment with a counselor, call your local SHIIP-SMP sponsor site.


Funding for these programs is provided in part by grant number 90MPPG0086, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not always represent official ACL or HHS policy.

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