HHS OIG Launching Probe Into How Telemarketers Are Gaining Seniors’ Personal Medicare Information.

February 14, 2020

The AP (2/14, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports the HHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG) next week “plans to launch a nationwide probe into how telemarketers may be getting hold of seniors’ personal Medicare information, a red flag for potential fraud and waste.” HHS OIG “began looking into the matter after... CMS...asked for an audit of a mail order pharmacy’s use of Medicare’s eligibility verification system.” The AP adds, “In a formal response to the report, CMS Administrator Seema Verma said CMS retooled its verification system last year so it automatically kicks out queries that aren’t coming from a pharmacy.”

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