SMP programs, also known as Senior Medicare Patrol programs, help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries avoid, detect, and prevent healthcare fraud. The SMP program recruits and trains volunteers to help educate local beneficiaries and prevent healthcare fraud. Volunteers are trained to help disseminate SMP information or provide group education and community outreach and information.
SMP is a grant-funded program by the Administration on Aging (AoA) of the a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Scams
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) sent warning letters to seven sellers of scam treatments for the new Coronavirus, COVID-19. So far, all of the companies have made big changes to their advertising to remove unsupported claims, but scammers don’t take a break. Learn what to do about undelivered goods; fake charities; fake emails, texts, and phishing; robocalls; and misinformation and rumors. If you encounter suspicious claims, report them to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.
- Protect your Medicare number and only provide it to your doctor and Medicare providers
- Be cautious of anyone going door-to-door to offer free Coronavirus testing, supplies, or treatment
- Don’t fall for scare tactics or time-sensitive offers
If you suspect health care fraud you can call the Virginia SMP Program toll-free at 1-800-938-8885. Consumers can also make anonymous calls to this complaint line.