Fraud, Waste & Abuse

New Medicare ID card scams Fraud Alert

Recently there have been multiple phone scams regarding the new Medicare ID cards being mailed to all beneficiaries starting in April 2018.

  • Remember
  • Medicare will never charge you for your Medicare ID card
  • Medicare will never call you and ask for any personal information
  • There is nothing that you need to do to get your new Medicare ID card

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Reporting concerns

Basic Blue Rx takes allegations of Medicare fraud and abuse very seriously. If you think that you or a Basic Blue Rx member has been a victim of Medicare or health insurance fraud or abuse, please call 1-877-376-2185 (TTY hearing impaired users call 711)

Medicare contact information:

You may also contact Medicare directly with concerns about Medicare Advantage plans or Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, such as Basic Blue Rx, at:

About Waste Fraud and Abuse

The U.S. General Accounting Office estimates that $1 out of every $10 spent for Medicare and Medicaid is lost to fraud and abuse. That means there is less money to help people like you who depend on these programs for health care. Basic Blue Rx is actively working to identify, investigate, and prosecute health insurance fraud, but we need your help.

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Some examples of fraud:

  • Billing for services or supplies that weren’t provided
  • Altering claims to obtain higher payments
  • Soliciting, offering or receiving a kickback, bribe or rebate
  • Health care provider completing Certificates of Medical Necessity (CME) for patients not known to the provider
  • Using another person's Medicare card to obtain medical care

Some examples of abuse:

  • Billing too much for services or supplies
  • Claims for services that aren’t medically necessary
  • Improper billing practices


Every effort will be made to protect the identity of the reporting party. There will be no retaliation for good faith reporting.

Resources to Help Protect Yourself from Fraud, Waste and Abuse