Does the term MSN mean anything to you? If you are on Original Medicare, it should. The letters MSN stand for Medicare Summary Notice, the form that Medicare sends every three months for Part A and Part B-covered services. The MSN shows all your services or supplies that providers and suppliers billed to Medicare during the three-month period, what Medicare paid, and the maximum amount you may owe the provider. This information can help you figure out if someone is billing Medicare for a service you did NOT receive.
Now this same information is available to you online. You may choose to receive an electronic MSN instead of the paper copies. With the eMSN, you can get the information monthly instead of quarterly. You can see your claims anywhere and anytime you have access to the Internet. All you need to do is to sign into Medicare.gov with your username and password. The eMSN cannot get lost or stolen in the mail.
The eMSN means you will be able to check your claims and spot billing errors more quickly. If you find and report errors, Medicare can act on the information sooner, stop payment, and go after the bad guys.
If you opt for eMSN’s, you are helping the government save money. If just 7 percent of people on Medicare opted for eMSN’s, the federal government could save $44 million in just five years.
Whether you sign up for the electronic MSN or get the paper copy in the mail, always pay attention to the information on them. They will tell you how much Medicare has paid each provider for each service. If you believe that Medicare was billed for a service or product you did not receive, you may question your provider first, and then call Medicare for help. Call the Missouri SMP – the Senior Medicare Patrol – at (888)515-6565 if you suspect you are the victim of Medicare fraud or abuse.
SMPs are funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, Administration on Aging.