Date: June 2, 2016 | Category: News
June’s Fraud Prevention Fact is an important message to people who have Original Medicare and need certain medical equipment and supplies. Medicare has continued its competitive bidding program.
This program helps you save money and ensures that you have access to quality medical equipment and supplies from suppliers you can trust.
Under the program, Medicare awards contracts to suppliers of certain medical equipment and supplies every few years. July 1 marks the start of a new contract period, which can change the suppliers who are
eligible to provide certain medical equipment and supplies in your area.
If you have Original Medicare, live in (or travel to) one of the competitive bidding areas and need equipment or supplies included under the program, you will likely need to use Medicare contract suppliers for Medicare to help pay for the item. You’ll also need to continue to use a Medicare national mail–order contract supplier for Medicare to pay for diabetes testing supplies that are delivered to your home.
To check if an item you use is included in the program, or to find out if you live in a ZIP code that’s part of the program, visit Medicare.gov or call 1-800-MEDICARE.
If you’re already renting certain medical equipment or receiving oxygen or oxygen equipment, you can stay with your current supplier if they continue to be a contract supplier or notify you that they chose to
become a “grandfathered” supplier.
Your supplier will notify you if you will not be able to continue renting your equipment or oxygen from
them after July 1. Make sure to let your friends and loved ones know about these changes!
If you suspect you are the victim of Medicare fraud or abuse, call the Missouri SMP – the Senior Medicare Patrol – at (888)515-6565. SMPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging.