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CMS Warns Physicians That They May be Targets of a Scam

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has alerted Medicare and Medicaid providers of a scam currently being perpetrated. Please see the summary below from the CMS website:

**Updated June 18, 2009- Scam Alert Notice- CMS has become aware of a scam where perpetrators are sending faxes to physician offices posing as the Medicare carrier or Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). The fax instructs physician staff to respond to a questionnaire to provide an account information update within 48 hours in order to prevent a gap in Medicare payments. The fax may have the CMS logo and/or the contractor logo to enhance the appearance of authenticity.

Medicare FFS providers, including physicians, non-physician practitioners, should be wary of this type of request. If you receive a request for information in the manner described above, please check with your contractor before submitting any information. Medicare providers should only send information to a Medicare contractor using the address found in the download section of the CMS.gov website found at: 

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareProviderSupEnroll

Click on the first download title: “Medicare Fee-For-Service Contact Information”. 

If you have any questions regarding the above notice, please contact Mary Lou Martin of Skoda Minotti’s Healthcare Consulting Services at 440-449-6800.

Topics: Ohio Healthcare Consulting

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