East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging

Mission Statement

"We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Older Americans and their families by providing information about and access to a variety of services in their community in the 16 counties of East Central Illinois"


East Central Illinois
Area Agency on Aging, Inc.


1003 Maple Hill Road
Bloomington, IL 61705-9327
Telephone Numbers:

309-829-2065
Seniors may call toll free:
1-800-888-4456
Fax: 309-829-6021

Email: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING

 

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March 2014

 

Illinois Shares $27.6 Million Pharmaceutical Settlement

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. and its subsidiary IVAX LLC have reached a settlement with the federal government and the state of Illinois to resolve allegations that the company paid kickbacks to an Illinois physician. In this case, kickbacks in the form of money and trips to Florida were allegedly given so that the physician would prescribe the company’s anti-psychotic drug, even though the drug is typically given as a last resort. The government alleges that these kickbacks led to false claims being submitted to Medicare and Medicaid. The pharmaceutical company has agreed to pay $27.6 million to the federal government and Illinois.

The government has filed civil action against the physician and that case is still pending in court. Read more about this $27.6 million settlement in this U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) press release: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/March/14-civ-251.html

 

Diabetic Test Strips – Gateway to Fraud?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS OIG) recently released an article spotlighting how the agency investigates fraudulent billing for diabetic test strips. Read the spotlight article here: http://oig.hhs.gov/newsroom/spotlight/2014/test-strips.asp

As this article illustrates, potential fraud involving diabetic test strips or supplies often begins with an unsolicited call from a medical supplier offering something for free, such as test strips or a diabetic cookbook. The caller will say all they need from you is your Medicare number.

Never give your Medicare number in exchange for something that is “free.” If it is truly free, why would they need it? Suppliers of durable medical equipment, including diabetic supplies, violate Medicare’s marketing rules when they call you unsolicited. Any supplies you need and want billed to Medicare must be ordered by your doctor. 

 

If anyone believes they have been a victim of a scam, call the Illinois SMP program at AgeOptions: (800)699-9043. They can help consumers get in contact with the proper authorities to report it. 

 

For Previous Fraud and Scam Alerts visit the SMP website!