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					                                  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
erin.weir@ageoptions.org
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 erin.weir@ageoptions.org.

				
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