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CMS Issues Scam Alert
June 18, 2009

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the following Scam Alert today through its listserv systems. CMS identifies physician offices as the targets, but providers should be aware of the potential scam.

“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has become aware of a scam where perpetrators are sending faxes to physician offices posing as the Medicare carrier or Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC).  The fax instructs physician staff to respond to a questionnaire to provide an account information update within 48 hours in order to prevent a gap in Medicare payments.  The fax may have the CMS logo and/or the contractor logo to enhance the appearance of authenticity.

“Medicare FFS providers, including physicians, non-physician practitioners, should be wary of this type of request.  If you receive a request for information in the manner described above, please check with your contractor before submitting any information.  Medicare providers should only send information to a Medicare contractor using the address found in the download section of the CMS.gov website found at www.cms.hhs.gov/MLNGenInfo or www.cms.hhs.gov/MedicareProviderSupEnroll.”

 

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