Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) identified a scam involving beneficiary genetic tests.
About the scam
Some labs, at events like local health fairs, are offering a cheek swab for genetic testing as part of a “free” health screening in order to obtain beneficiary Medicare information for identity theft or fraudulent billing purposes. Read more information from CMS.
We also understand that some third parties are offering to pay agents if they help to facilitate Medicare beneficiaries completing the genetic test. Please note, UnitedHealthcare is taking this matter seriously, is coordinating with all appropriate regulators and will be pursuing all appropriate actions to protect our members.