by American Insurance News Release on Sep 24, 2019
You should know about the latest fraud scheme involving genetic testing, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
Scammers are offering “free” genetic tests and claiming Medicare will cover it — so they can get your Medicare Number and use it to commit fraud and identity theft. They’re targeting people through telemarketing calls, health fairs, and even knocking on doors.
Beneficiaries who agree to genetic testing or verify personal or Medicare information may receive a cheek swab, an in-person screening or a testing kit in the mail, even if it is not ordered by a physician or medically necessary. If the test is not ordered by your physician for a medically necessary reason, Medicare will deny the claim and the beneficiary would be responsible for the entire cost of the test, which could be thousands of dollars.
Genetic testing fraud occurs when Medicare is billed for a test or screening that was not medically necessary and/or was not ordered by the Medicare beneficiary's treating physician.
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Source: Office of Inspector General news article, Fraud Alert: Genetic Testing Scam