You've Been Deputized: Watch Out for the New Medicare Summary Notices
Posted on Jun. 7, 2013

This morning, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid announced that Medicare members will soon see a redesigned summary of their claims in the mail. Don’t be shocked, it isn’t a bill. The redesign is part of the push for greater transparency regarding your claims. And you are expected to help police the program.

CMS announced ”people with Medicare will soon see a redesigned statement of their claims for services and benefits that will help them better spot potential fraud, waste and abuse.” The Administration said that new policies and practices under the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) have already resulted in a significant increase in providers and suppliers being thrown out of the Medicare program for suspect actions.

If you have Original Medicare you should receive the notice in the mail every 3 months if you have a claim during the period.

The notice will show all your services or supplies that providers and suppliers billed to Medicare during the 3-month period, what Medicare paid, and the maximum amount you may owe the provider.

The new notices should be appearing in a mailbox near you shortly. If you can’t live without more information, please check:

http://www.medicare.gov/forms-help-and-resources/mail-about-medicare/medicare-summary-notice-msn.html

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