Last Updated: Jun 6, 2019
A scam involving genetic testing is targeting Medicare beneficiaries. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert about the scam on June 3, 2019.
OIG says that scammers are offering Medicare beneficiaries cheek swabs for genetic testing to obtain personal information for identify theft or fraudulent Medicare billing. If a beneficiary agrees to testing or verifies personal information, a testing kit is sent even if it is not ordered by a physician or considered medically necessary.
Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) members may receive questions from their Medicare patients about this genetic testing offer. OIG offers this advice you can share with patients:
You can report instances of this genetic testing scam or any other cases of fraud in Medicare, Medicaid, or other federal programs via the OIG’s hotline here.
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