Senior Medicare Patrol saves $9 million
WASHINGTON – Medicare/Medicaid recoveries attributed to Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) projects increased 50%, to $9.1 million from 2012 to 2013, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG). However, total savings to beneficiaries decreased from $133,971 to $41,718. As part of SMP projects, 5,406 active volunteers conducted 148,235 one-on-one counseling sessions and held 14,924 group education sessions in 2013. SMP trains retired professionals and other seniors to recognize and report patterns of healthcare fraud.