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‘Free’ DNA Testing Used to Scam Medicare Recipients

Tennessee has recently seen reports of Medicare beneficiaries agreeing to genetic testing at health fairs/community events from organizations that make false claims the services are covered by Medicare. Here are some tips to keep your information safe and not fall victim to this fraud:
• Do not share your Medicare number or Social Security number. Be cautious of unsolicited requests for your Medicare or Social Security numbers. If your personal information is compromised, it may be used in other fraud schemes.
• Do not consent to any lab tests at senior centers, health fairs, or in your home. Be suspicious of anyone claiming that genetic tests and cancer screenings are at no cost to you.
• Genetic tests and cancer screenings must be medically necessary and ordered by your doctor to be covered by Medicare. Random genetic testing and cancer screenings are NOT covered by Medicare.
• Monitor your Medicare Summary Notice to see if there are any services you didn’t have or didn’t want but were billed for.
• Call 1-800-MEDICARE or 1-800-HHS-TIPS to report Medicare fraud

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