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Genetic Testing Fraud

Georgia Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) recently became aware of a scheme involving genetic testing laboratories conducting fraudulent and unnecessary tests on Medicare beneficiaries. These schemes are being conducted at senior centers, meal sites, community centers, and senior housing facilities.

The laboratory representative offers to host an ice cream social or other event for the center and will also provide free genetic or DNA testing to the Medicare beneficiaries at the event.

Laboratory representatives collect the beneficiary’s Medicare number, take cheek swabs of Medicare beneficiary and then submit claims to Medicare for payment. In some cases, they offer to send the testing kits directly to the beneficiary’s home address.

Things to remember about genetic testing:

  • Medicare will only pay for medically necessary genetic testing

  • Genetic testing is very expensive and only needed under very specific circumstances

  • Medicare requires an order from a physician or qualified health care practitioner

  • Medicare requires a signed beneficiary consent form prior to paying for genetic testing


To learn more or if you have been a victim of this scam, please call Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-877-272-8720
or visit


This alert has been brought to you by Georgia Senior Medicare Patrol— A non-profit organization funded in part through a grant from the US Administration for Community Living.


This project was supported, in part by a grant (Nos. 90MP194-01-01, 90MP0196-01-00 and 90MP195-01-04), from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

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Is there a way to test
for memory loss?

Yes, there are many tests on line, but it’s important to do your homework first, because not all memory tests are created equal. To save you some time, here’s a link for Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) from the University of Massachusetts. 

This test is used by clinicians to diagnose memory loss. If you find your results suspicious, you might want to talk to your doctor.

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