SMP Thespian Society Presents Skit on Mail-Order Medication Scams

SMP Thespian Society Presents Skit on Mail-Order Medication Scams

Medicare Part D fraud scams, such as those with mail-order medications happen too often. This short skit performed by 2 of our Senior Medicare Patrol volunteers, Pat Macholl and Doug Shaw, demonstrates one such scam scenario.

Here’s a few quick tips to avoid medication scams:

  • For mail order drugs, match the items shipped to those received. Notify the plan if you have been “short shipped” or the pill quantity count is wrong. Crooks steal pills and sell them on the street for big bucks!
  • Make sure you receive the correct medication. Did your doctor specifically prescribe a brand name and the pharmacy “substitute” a generic? If Medicare and our tax dollars paid for the more expensive medication, but you got a cheaper version, that equals fraud.
  • Check your billing to ensure that what is billed matchers what you actually received. Watch for double billing!

Learn more on our tip sheet for preventing Medicare Part D fraud. Also, see the Medicare fraud section on our website. If you have questions or come across such scams, call our Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) office at 1-855-613-7080.

Enjoy the skit below from our own SMP Thespian Society! 🙂

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.