Protect, Detect, Report

The Texas Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) and RSVP of Dallas and Collin Counties have partnered to fight against Medicare Fraud.  SMP volunteers nationwide are trained to give community presentations on how individuals can protect themselves from Medicare scams and help prevent the waste of their Medicare dollars. SMP volunteers receive ongoing training so that they are current on the latest information and are provided with educational materials for distribution at presentations and other community events.

The SMP program is a grant-funded project of the federal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL). The mission of SMP is to empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education.

Click Here for a detailed description of the Texas SMP Volunteer opportunity.

If you are 55+ and would like to learn more about becoming an SMP Volunteer, please complete the RSVP Volunteer Application

You may also contact Allison Walters at 214-525-6165 or email for more information about SMP.

The Facts- Did You Know?

  • Medicare loses billions of dollars each year due to fraud, errors, and abuse. Estimates place these losses at approximately $60 billion annually, though the exact figure is impossible to measure.
  • The most commonly cited range for all health care fraud estimates is 3 to 10 percent of annual health care expenditures.
  • The OIG reports that expected recoveries to Medicare and Medicaid attributable to national Senior Medicare Patrol projects from 1997 through 2018 were $119.7 million. Total savings to beneficiaries and others were approximately $7.1 million. Total cost avoidance on behalf of Medicare, Medicaid, beneficiaries, and others was $10 million.
  • The OIG notes that the SMP projects may not be receiving full credit for recoveries, savings, and cost avoidance attributable to their work. It is not always possible to track referrals to Medicare contractors or law enforcement from beneficiaries who have learned to detect fraud, waste, and abuse from the projects. In addition, the projects are unable to track the potentially substantial savings derived from a sentinel effect, whereby Medicare beneficiaries’ scrutiny of their bills reduces fraud and errors.
If you suspect Medicare errors, abuse, or fraud, please call the Texas Senior Medicare Patrol at 713-341-6184 or toll-free at 888-341-6187.