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Va. advocates say site aims to trim Medicare abuse

Thursday - 1/19/2012, 7:46am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - The Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging has introduced a website that aims to curb Medicare errors, fraud and abuse.

The Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol Program website provides information and education to older Virginians and caregivers, including how to prevent, identify and report health care fraud and abuse. Some examples of fraud include medical identity theft, billing for services that aren't provided or using improper codes for higher reimbursements.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging funds the program. The Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging administers the SMP grant in partnership with 21 local area agencies on aging.

Medicare is the federal government's health insurance program for people age 65 and older.

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Online:

Virginia Senior Medicare Patrol Program: http://www.virginiasmp.org


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