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Administration on Aging awards National Hispanic Senior Medicare Patrol grant to fight Medicare fraud

The Administration on Aging (AoA) today announced the award of $640,000 for the National Hispanic Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). The National Hispanic SMP is a Medicare fraud prevention program that targets its education efforts specifically to Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers. The grant goes to the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), which established the National Hispanic SMP with AoA funding in 2008.

“Hispanic older adults are one of the fastest growing demographics in the United States,” said Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee. “That’s why it’s important that we develop targeted, culturally-appropriate education efforts to ensure Hispanic older adults have the tools they need to protect themselves and the Medicare program from fraud.”

“NHCOA is excited to continue its successful partnership with the U.S. Administration on Aging and the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program to expand the reach of the National Hispanic SMP to more areas of the country where Hispanic older adults are frequent victims of Medicare fraud,” said Dr. Yanira Cruz, NHCOA president and CEO.

The National Hispanic SMP combines outreach, education, technical assistance, and local media coverage to help fight Medicare fraud within the Latino community. Launched in Texas in 2005 and expanded into southern Florida in mid-2011, the National Hispanic SMP will use the new funding to expand its presence to areas across the country with a high concentration of Latinos and Medicare fraud. The National Hispanic SMP will also provide training, technical assistance and support to the 54 SMPs.

The National Hispanic SMP will use the funding over a three-year period to implement a multi-pronged approach to fight Medicare fraud that is based on best practices and lessons learned from the development of its model SMPs serving Hispanics in Texas and South Florida. NHCOA will develop innovative outreach strategies and approaches designed to enhance the awareness of Hispanic older adults about Medicare fraud. The National Hispanic SMP will also plan and conduct direct outreach and education activities in selected high Hispanic population areas, using the targeted strategies developed. Fraud includes billing for services already paid by Medicare and charging for services, tests or equipment that were not provided.

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To learn about how the Senior Medicare Patrol works, see:
http://www.aoa.gov/aoaroot/aoa_programs/elder_rights/smp/index.aspx

For information and resources in the SMP effort to reduce Medicare Fraud, see:
http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov/preventfraud/smp/forthepublic/aboutthesmpprogram/index.html




Last Modified: 12/31/1600