25 Jun Organization fights against health care fraud
Each year, an estimated $68 billion is lost to Medicare fraud, according to the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association. In Florida, as much as $2 billion may be lost annually to fraud from the state’s $16 billion Medicaid program, the same organization reports.
Deborah Susswein first learned of the extent of the problem indirectly, through her interest in neurology. She was working as a brain trainer to help students improve their cognitive skills when her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
That diagnosis expanded her interest in neurology, and she began to study the way people’s brains change as they age. She took a few classes and then taught some of her own through adult education.
Eventually, her interest in the brain transformed into an interest in helping the elderly, which led her to the Senior Medicare Patrol, an organization she now volunteers for that acts against health care fraud.