Officials warn of Medicare Scam

Federal officials are warning of a fraudulent preventative genetic testing scam that is targeting Medicare recipients, including some in Iowa.

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a fraud alert about the scam, which claims that Medicare will pay for genetic testing to check for a person's cancer risk. The target is asked for a cheek swab and their Medicare number.

Medicare does not routinely pay for genetic testing unless it is deemed medically necessary by a doctor's order.

Iowans can report suspected Medicare fraud, including the genetic test scam to the Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) by calling 800-351-4664 orreporting online.