If you, in good faith, have a suspicion that a TRICARE provider or a beneficiary has committed an act of fraud or abuse, you may report this suspicion to Humana Military. All allegations of fraud and abuse are investigated to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to report the case to the government for further investigation. When submitting a report, you may remain anonymous; however, it may be beneficial to the program integrity unit to contact you for additional information, if possible. You can make a report by phone, mail or online.
Always review your Explanation of Benefits (EOB) and medical bills to ensure that the services billed were actually performed by the provider indicated and on the date specified. Keep track of every bill received or paid by TRICARE to make sure that you are not billed more than once for the same service. Do not be afraid to question your healthcare provider about the necessity of each procedure that is being ordered for you, especially if it seems excessive. Do not accept a discount of medical payments or the waiver of your co-payment unless you see the discounted amount reflected on your bill. If you have questions regarding your bill, please contact the doctor who provided the services.
Healthcare fraud is defined as an intentional act of misrepresentation or deception that results in a higher benefit to the beneficiary, the provider or some other entity.
Most healthcare providers subscribe to the highest code of ethical standards. However, as in any large population, some individuals intentionally seek to defraud the system. In fact, estimates indicate that between seven to ten percent of the $3.6 trillion annual healthcare expenditures in the US are fraudulent.
By actively coordinating with government officials and other insurers, our fraud investigators work to identify and investigate every individual attempting to defraud or seriously jeopardize the quality of patient care.
Crimes involving healthcare fraud lead to higher taxes, higher cost-shares for medical services and has the potential for false medical histories in patients' records. The program integrity department was formed to help combat this fraud and other attempted abuses committed within TRICARE. Our fraud investigators are committed to the prevention, detection and investigation of every alleged fraud and abuse case.
Abuse is any practice that is inconsistent with accepted and sound, fiscal business or any professional practice which results in a TRICARE claim cost for TRICARE payment for services or supplies that is: (1) not within the concepts of medically necessary and appropriate care or (2) fails to meet professionally recognized standards for healthcare providers.
Examples of fraudulent and abusive medical practices