FRAUD ALERT Friday July 22, 2011 Dear SMP readers, Please share this Fraud Alert with colleagues, consumers, This week’s Fraud Alert contains an announcement about another or other professionals in your Medicare fraud indictment issued in Chicago this week, a new podcast area. If you have any on Medicare fraud and hospice care, warnings about a debit card questions about the Illinois scam and counterfeit drugs, and an announcement about an SMP program, or to receive Alzheimer’s Association webinar for caregivers. these Fraud Alerts directly, please contact Erin Weir, Have a great weekend! Healthcare Consumer Protection Coordinator at AgeOptions. What you will find in this week’s Fraud Alert Owners of Chicago Area Home Health Company Indicted OIG Podcast on Hospice Care and Medicare Fraud Fraud In The News Warning about “Locked” Debit Card Scam The following are current Beware of Counterfeit Drugs news articles about health Alzheimer’s Association SMP Presentation for Caregivers care and fraud issues. Owners of Chicago Area Home Health Company Indicted Consumer Fraud: The U.S. Department of Justice issued a press release this week 1. “Ameren Warns of announcing the indictment of Bahir Haj Khalil and Mohammed Khamis Increase in Scam Activity” Rashed, co-owners of House Call Physicians, LLC in Palos Hills, Illinois. (Edwardsville The press release also announces the indictment of Paschal U. Oparah, Intelligencer): a suspended podiatrist. The three men are charged with alleged http://www.theintelligencer Medicare fraud in excess of $1.5 million and an alleged attempt to .com/local_news/article_a illegally obtain a work visa for Mr. Khalil. The full press release is 192bda8-b163-11e0-be34- available here: 001cc4c03286.html http://www.justice.gov/usao/iln/pr/chicago/2011/pr0720_02.pdf 2. “AARP Scam Alert: How to Stop a Mac Computer OIG Podcast on Hospice Care and Medicare Fraud Attack”: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the http://www.aarp.org/mone Inspector General (OIG) has released a podcast discussing Medicare y/scams-fraud/info-07- fraud in hospice care. To read more about this issue, see the OIG’s 2011/mac-computer- Spotlight on Hospice Care page here: attack-scam-alert.1.html http://oig.hhs.gov/newsroom/news-releases/2011/hospice.asp You can also listen to the podcast or read the transcript here: http://oig.hhs.gov/newsroom/podcasts/index.asp#nudelman Warning About “Locked” Debit Card Scam The Texas SMP program issued a warning this week about a scam in which several Texas consumers received phone calls stating that their debit cards had been “locked.” When the consumers remained on the phone line, they were asked for their debit card number and PIN in order to reactivate the card. Many of the calls were issued late at night; one consumer reported receiving a phone call at 2:30 a.m. This is a scam – legitimate banks will not call and ask for your banking information. If people are concerned about calls that they receive claiming to be from their bank, they should hang up the phone, and dial their bank’s publicly advertised number. This way, they can know that they are speaking to a legitimate bank representative, and verify whether the call was real. Beware of Counterfeit Drugs With the Illinois Cares Rx program changing, many Illinois consumers may be looking for ways to save money on their prescription drugs. In doing so, we would like to make sure that Illinoisians are aware of the dangers of counterfeit drugs. Often, a counterfeit drug may look exactly like the real drug, and may even contain toxic substances that can be harmful to a person’s health. Consumers should be particularly careful when buying drugs online or from sources outside of the U.S. Please read the following warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding counterfeit drugs: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/ucm078918.htm. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) also provides useful tips about buying prescriptions online: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/whocares/prescriptiononline.shtm Alzheimer’s Association SMP Presentation for Caregivers The Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Illinois is providing a series of webinars for caregivers throughout 2011 on a variety of topics. On August 3, 2011, Erin Weir of AgeOptions will be presenting a webinar on the SMP program and Medicare fraud. We are attaching a brochure to this email with information about all of the webinars. Anyone who is interested in this webinar or other topics in this series can use the registration form on the attached brochure to register. Erin Weir, MSW, LSW, Healthcare Consumer Protection Coordinator AgeOptions 1048 Lake Street, Suite 300 Oak Park, IL 60301 phone (708)383-0258 fax (708)524-0870 email@example.com ageoptions.org AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging of Suburban Cook County, is committed to improving the quality of life and maintaining the dignity of older adults and those who care about them – through leadership and support, community partnerships, comprehensive services, accurate information and powerful advocacy. Fraud Alerts contain information about current scams taking place in Illinois, announcements and updates about programs or services related to health care and/or fraud protection, and links to news articles about health care and fraud topics. Please forward any recommendations or announcements that you would like to be included in a future Fraud Alert to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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