Beware of postcards advertising “free” braces to relieve pain
by Kim Swindell Wood | April 19, 2017 5:34 am
Last Updated: April 19, 2017 at 5:35 am
The Tennessee Senior Medicare Patrol has received several reports of Medicare beneficiaries receiving postcards in different colors from The Joint and Back Institute with special notices concerning Medicare and insurance covered back and knee support systems.
We ask beneficiaries NOT to call the number listed on the postcard and advise that you talk to your doctor first. According to Medicare guidelines, Medicare only covers back and knee braces that are deemed medically necessary by your doctor with a prescription.
Fraudsters are hoping to get your Medicare number so they can bill Medicare part B for equipment you did not receive, or bill for more expensive braces or knee support systems.
If you received such postcard as seen below, please report them to the Tennessee Senior Medicare Patrol at the toll-free number 1-866-836-7677.