Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) identified a scam involving beneficiary genetic tests.
About the scam
Some labs, at events like local health fairs, are offering a cheek swab for genetic testing as part of a “free” health screening in order to obtain beneficiary Medicare information for identity theft or fraudulent billing purposes. Read more information from CMS.
What you should know
- Before agreeing to genetic testing, you should be sure the test is ordered by your doctor. You should also be sure the test is medically necessary and covered by your plan.
- You should never give out you social security, Medicare or health plan numbers or banking information to someone you do not know.
- You should never consent to any lab tests without your doctor’s order.
- It is illegal to accept anything of value in exchange for medical services.
So, be on the lookout and pass it on! Remember you should never provide your personal information to someone you do not know. If you have any questions, please call the customer service number on the back of your ID card to discuss coverage or other concerns you may have. Thank you.