April 13: COVID-19: Fraud Alert

To our Members:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a healthcare fraud alert. This alert noted, “fraudsters are offering COVID-19 tests to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for personal details and are targeting the beneficiaries in a number of ways, to include telemarketing calls, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits. The personal information collected may be used to fraudulently bill Federal health care programs and the unapproved test kits may cause harm to the beneficiaries.” (Reference)

All of us need to be on the alert at all times particularly at this time of such great anxiety because there are many individuals who will try to take advantage of our heightened concerns to commit their scams. Please be vigilant and don’t provide personal information to any unsolicited requests.

If you have questions about COVID-19 testing, please call your physician or the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center hotline (866) 779-6121.

For more general updates on COVID-19, we have posted links to the Center for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health on ClarionHealth.org.

Of course, the Clarion Health call center remains open and available at 844-824-8771.