Medicare awards $50,000 grant to Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol program

first_imgThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the award of a $50,000 grant to help the Vermont Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program fight Medicare fraud. The grant went to the Community of Vermont Elders and it is part of President Obama’s mandate to educate seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries about how to prevent fraud in Medicare.‘This grant is one of more than 50 awarded throughout the country to put more feet on the ground in the fight against Medicare fraud,’ said CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, M.D. ‘We are concerned about Medicare fraud and activity by criminals seeking to defraud seniors ‘ and we want to ramp up our local community resources to educate seniors and people with Medicare about how they can help us stop it.’The grant will provide additional funds to increase awareness of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries of health care fraud prevention, identification and reporting through expansion of SMP program capacity. States identified as high-fraud areas received higher amounts to support additional targeted strategies for collaboration, media outreach and referrals. The Administration on Aging will administer these grants in partnership with CMS.‘Unfortunately, scam artists are using the new health care provisions of the Affordable Care Act as an opportunity to scare and steal from seniors,’ said Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee. ‘Additional funding for the Senior Medicare Patrol in Vermont will help us significantly increase our outreach and education to people with Medicare. We applaud CMS for its commitment to fighting Medicare fraud.’SMP volunteers work Vermont to educate Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, family members, and caregivers about the importance of reviewing their Medicare notices to identify billing errors and potentially fraudulent activity. Program volunteers also encourage seniors to make inquiries to the SMP Program when such issues are identified, so that the project may ensure appropriate resolution or referral.Since 1997, HHS and its Administration on Aging have funded Senior Medicare Patrol projects to recruit and train retired professionals and other senior volunteers about how to recognize and report instances or patterns of health care fraud. Close to 3 million Medicare beneficiaries have been educated throughout the country since the start of the program, and more than 1 million one-on-one counseling sessions have taken place with seniors or their caregivers. The SMP program funds projects in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.http://www.stopmedicarefraud.gov/(link is external) or http://www.cms.gov/FraudAbuseforConsumers/(link is external)last_img read more

Upstream Update Forum starts tomorrow morning

first_imgThe Northeast BC Resource Municipalities Coalition is set to host its first Upstream Update Forum tomorrow morning at 7:00, at Fort St. John’s west-end Pomeroy Hotel.Jas Johal of the BC LNG Alliance, and Dr. Charles Jago, the former President of the University of Northern BC, will be the keynote speakers, and they’ll address the latest on the development of a BC liquefied natural gas industry, and the challenges and opportunities associated with resource development in general.In addition to resource industry proponents and the general public, the forum is expected to bring together, the Northern Rockies, Fort St. John, and Dawson Creek Chambers of Commerce, Energy Services BC, and the Northern BC Truckers Association.- Advertisement -While on-line registration has ended, you can still register at the door — and Mayor Lori Ackerman says about 100 are expected to attend the event.Despite recent region-wide expansion of the resource industry, the Coalition still has only three, northeast local government member jurisdictions, but Mayor Ackerman believes that will likely change once the rest of the region catches up to Fort St. John, Taylor, and Fort Nelson in terms industry history.Colin Griffith is the Coalition’s Executive Director:Advertisementlast_img read more