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What is SMP in Colorado?
A project designed to empower seniors and others to address issues of Medicare fraud, billing errors, and program abuse. A program that recruits volunteers to educate community members on actions they can take to prevent, detect, and report fraud.
A means of receiving a “one-on-one” review of potential fraud or abuse complaints.
A program funded by the US Administration on Aging that is administered by the Colorado Division of Insurance and subcontracted programs throughout the state
How can I get involved?
Learn about Medicare and healthcare fraud by viewing the links in this website Volunteer to help with the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) in your community by sending an email to DORA_INS_SMP_Reports@state.co.us.
Medicare and Medicaid depend on you to tell them about fraud. They pay bills submitted on your behalf--if you don’t tell them you didn’t get the service billed, or they are billing for a more expensive service than they provided, they won’t know they shouldn’t have paid the bill.
Here are some tips about how to protect yourself from Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
Can a physician be fined or prosecuted because they mistakenly send improper bills to Medicare? Many physicians think so, but the federal Office of Inspector General (OIG) says no.
A protective "Toolkit" with a list of questions you should ask before signing up for a Medicare Advantage Plan to make sure you know what you're getting. Includes information on the Medicare Advantage Plan options to the Original Medicare Plan, sales marketing potholes to avoid, and tips to help you be a savvy consumer.