Some Residents May Get New Medicare Cards

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have announced that about 220,000 Medicare beneficiaries’ card numbers have been compromised by an unknown person or organization. It is unknown how this data breach occurred, but CMS is taking steps to remedy the situation and prevent its reoccurrence in the future.

CMS is checking all billing for services for what appears to be fraudulent use. If fraud is suspected, the Medicare card number is shut down and the beneficiary is issued a new Medicare number and mailed a new card. It appears that these numbers are only being used to bill Medicare for services that were not received.

CMS and Valley Program for Aging Services recommend that Medicare beneficiaries take the following actions:

• Open mail with the CMS logo on the envelope; it might contain a new Medicare card.

• If a new Medicare card is received in the mail, call 1-800- MEDICARE (800-633-4627) and confirm that a new Medicare number has been issued.

• Be sure to inform your health care providers of the new Medicare number.

• Check your Explanation of Benefits statements to confirm that the services charged to your Medicare number were actually received by you. Report any suspicious billings to 1-800-MEDICARE.

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