The Administration on Aging, also known as AoA, is a federal government agency operating within the United States Department of Health and Human Services that’s generally responsible for ensuring the well-being of older Americans in their independent communities through the provision of grants and support programs sanctioned by the Congress in the Older Americans Act.
The grants and programs of the AoA are all designed to make a contribution to the realization of its main agency mission which is to”develop a comprehensive, coordinated and cost-effective system of home and community-based services that helps elderly people maintain their health and self-reliance in their homes and communities.”
In line with this mission, the Administration on Aging has recently established the Health Care Fraud Program Expansion and Senior Medical Patrol Capacity Building Grants in an effort to augment the capacity of the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program to reach more Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, their families and caregivers, while concentrating on fraud prevention and identification.
The Senior Medicare Patrol Program has been running for a minimum of 10 years and has consistently received funding from the AoA. Each SMP grantee operates a state-wide programme with maximum funding of $180,000 each year provided by Older Americans Act funds.
The funds received by the grantees will be utilized to support the training and mobilization of senior volunteers who provide client education to beneficiaries. One of the primary objectives of the client education initiatives that are covered under the program is the significance of medicare fraud prevention.
With this, The SMP Program attempts to empower the aged through raised awareness and understanding of medicare programs that would protect them from the economic and health-related implications associated with Medicare and Medicaid fraud, error, and abuse.
Basically, the programme announcement not only intends to increase awareness of Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries of medicare fraud prevention, identification and reporting through expansion of SMP program capacity; it also attempts to develop and implement new innovations in fraud education by expanding collaborative efforts with law enforcement partners, CMS and other associations with an indisputable record of health care fraud prevention.