Senior Medicare Patrol
The Virginia SMP Program is one of 50 SMP projects located in each of the fifty States, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. SMP programs, formerly known as Senior Medicare Patrol programs, help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries avoid, detect, and prevent health care fraud.
Like all SMP programs, the Virginia SMP program recruits and trains volunteers across the Commonwealth to help educate local beneficiaries and prevent health care fraud in their local communities. Most volunteers are retired and trained to help disseminate SMP information or provide group education and community outreach and information about how to detect and report fraud.
The Virginia SMP program works in partnership with the local Area Agencies on Aging across the state and state-wide partners such as the Virginia Department for the Aging, the Virginia Insurance Counseling Assistance Program (VICAP), The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), The State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, The State Corporation Commission Bureau of Insurance, AARP, SeniorNavigator, Virginia TRIAD, Better Business Bureau and local law enforcement.
In addition, the Virginia SMP program works with other federal partners – including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of the Inspector general (OIG) and the Department of Justice to improve Medicare integrity.
SMPs are funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA). They receive technical assistance from the National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center. They are the only volunteer programs that utilize the strengths of thousands of volunteers in an anti-health care fraud effort.