Knock, Knock. Who’s There? OIG Warns of COVID-19 Scammers
April 26, 2021
John K. Hall, MD, JD | David Glaser, Esq. | Ellen Fink-Samnick | Matthew Albright | Edward Roche, PhD, JD
They’re using text messages. They’re offering vaccination cards, and even COVID-19 testing. They’re scammers.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is currently warning that providers that charge impermissible fees must refund them, and ensure that individuals are not charged any sum at all, for the COVID-19 vaccine – along with warning of fraudulent telemarketing calls and even door-to-door visits. Of particular concern are scammers pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers.
“Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Medicare number or financial information, or attempt to set up a COVID-19 test for you and collect payment information for the test,” the OIG notes on its website.
Just how prevalent are these scams? Reporting our lead story during the next live edition of Monitor Mondays will be RACmonitor investigative reporter Ed Roche, who was among the very first to report on contact tracers during the early stages of the pandemic, here on Monitor Mondays and RACmonitor.
Other segments to be featured during the live broadcast include the following:
RAC Report: Healthcare attorney Knicole Emanuel, a partner at the law firm of Practus, will file the Monitor Mondays RAC Report.
Legislative Update: Former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) official Matthew Albright, now chief legislative affairs officer for Zelis, will report on the latest healthcare regulatory news coming out of Washington.
Risky Business: Healthcare attorney David Glaser, shareholder in the law offices of Fredrikson & Bryon, will join the broadcast with his trademark segment, reporting on legal implications facing healthcare providers.
Social Determinants of Health: Ellen Fink-Samnick, a nationally recognized expert on the social determinants of health (SDoH), will report on the latest news that’s occurring at the intersection of healthcare and socioeconomics. Ellen will also conduct the Monitor Mondays Listeners Survey.
Monday Rounds: Attorney and physician John K. Hall, MD, founder of the Aegis Firm, will be pinch-hitting for Ronald Hirsch, MD, who regularly makes his rounds on Monitor Mondays.