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Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

Contact the Anne Arundel County SMP Program:
Phone 410-222-4464 ext. 3091
Web www.aacounty.org/aging
Email smp@aacounty.org
Mail SMP - Senior Medical Patrol Anne Arundel County Department of Aging & Disabilities 2666 Riva Road, Suite 400 Annapolis, Maryland 21401
The goal of the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Program is to educate and empower beneficiaries to take an active role in the detection and prevention of health care fraud and abuse, with a focus on the Medicare and Medicaid programs. SMP recruits, trains and guides retirees from various professions to serve as volunteers to help other seniors in their own communities become better healthcare consumers. These volunteers educate beneficiaries on how to monitor their health care costs and identify deceptive health care practices such as bundling charges to hide non-covered fees, filing bogus claims for products or services never rendered, altering billing codes to inflate Medicare and Medicaid claims and ordering unnecessary or inappropriate products or services to increase revenues.
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SMP staff and trained volunteers:
  • Partner with the aging services network, law enforcement, and others to promote community awareness of health care errors, fraud and abuse
  • Develop and distribute consumer education materials about Medicare, Medicaid and fraud, errors and abuse through presentations, health fairs, and press events
  • Provide consumer counseling, and when necessary serve as consumer advocates to resolve billing disputes/ issues
  • Make appropriate referral to health care agencies and law enforcement for suspected cases of errors, fraud or abuse
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Anne Arundel County, Maryland. 44 Calvert Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 | Tele: (410) 222-7000