The National Consumer Protection Technical Resource Center: The Center of Service & Information for SMPs


Media Center

We welcome contacts from the media and others in assisting us in this national effort to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud. 

About Health Care Fraud

Health care waste, fraud and abuse are critical issues. The National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association estimates that more than $60 billion each year is lost to fraud. Click here for more information.

SMP programs, also known as Senior Medicare Patrol programs, educate beneficiaries and community members on ways to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud. To talk with an SMP in your area about current health care fraud trends and local prevention efforts, use the SMP Locator on this website. If you are most interested in SMP efforts at the national level, the SMP Resource Center staff can help point you in the right direction. The Center serves as a bridge to facilitate the sharing of information, expertise and experience between and among the SMPs. It also provides general information for consumers on health care errors, fraud and abuse.

2011 Media Campaign

For information about a national media campaign to teach older Americans how to avoid becoming victims of fraud and how to help their peers, click here.



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For media inquiries, please contact:
Maureen Patterson
Media Manager