HHS Secretary Sebelius Highlights New Tips to Prevent Medical Identity Theft & Medicare Fraud in Live Webcast 10/15

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Assistant Attorney General Tony West will highlight the Obama Administration’s work to fight Medicare Fraud and release new tips and information to help seniors and Medicare beneficiaries deter, detect and defend against Medical identity theft. Medical identity theft occurs when someone steals a patient’s personal information, such as his or her name and Medicare number, and uses the information to obtain medical care, to buy drugs or supplies, or to fraudulently bill Medicare using that patient’s stolen identity.

The event will be webcast live at www.StopMedicareFraud.gov.

When: Thursday, 10/15/09 at 1:30 p.m.

See our website section, Medicare Fraud, for more info. You can also contact our Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) project to report cases of suspected fraud at 714-560-0309.

Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.