Benefit statements sent to Medicare recipients will soon be simplified and include added protections against Medicare fraud
, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
CMS has revised its Medicare Summary Notices, billing statements sent to beneficiaries on a quarterly basis. Changes include larger type and explanations written in plain language, CMS said.
The changes are part of an effort to improve fraud detection and streamline the appeal process in cases where Medicare denies a claim, according to CMS.
The new form also includes information regarding Medicare’s $1,000 reward to beneficiaries who report potential fraud
The new forms will be available online this weekend and in paper form beginning in 2013.
CMS also provided a side-by-side comparison
of the old and new statements.