Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)

Kansas SMPThe Kansas Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is a statewide project designed to reduce Medicare and Medicaid fraud, waste or abuse. Through education, outreach, one-on-one assistance and problem resolution, Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries are educated and counseled on how to protect themselves and identify and report scams and healthcare fraud or abuse. The Kansas SMP trains volunteers to assist with educating consumers.

Click on the topics below to link to tips to help protect yourself against fraud:

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Medicare and
Medicaid Fraud

Dumpster Diving
Protect Your Mail
Protect Your
Personal Information

Protect Your Name
Telemarketing /
Door-to-Door Sales

Fraud Alert and Information

COVID-19_InfographicScams related to the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are rapidly increasing as the public health emergency develops. Scammers are targeting older adults and those with serious long-term health conditions who appear to have a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19.

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program wants Medicare beneficiaries to have the most up-to-date information on what to look for to avoid COVID-19 fraud. The document links below provide some very helpful information.

COVID-19 Medicare Coverage Q&A Tip Sheet

COVID Fraud Alert

Protect Yourself Against Fraud

Report Suspected Fraud in Kansas


When reporting fraud, have the following information available:

  • Your name as listed on your Medicare or Medicaid card
  • Medicare number
  • The name of the provider
  • Date of service
  • Description of the concern or problem

Operation Red File

Operation Red File is designed to help seniors keep their critical health information accessible if needed in an emergency.

Participants in Operation Red File receive a large, red, magnetic folder that they can place on their refrigerator for instant access, where first responders will know to look for it. Participants are encouraged to put copies of their medical information and other critical documents in the folder, such as a clear, current photograph of the participant; a medical form with all current medical information; a medication list that can be updated as needed; and medical coverage information.

First responders and emergency staff can use this information to:

  • Instantly access medical history and medication records in an emergency
  • Avoid delays caused by trying to get information from a confused patient
  • Ensure that the family/responsible party will be notified quickly
  • Have a photograph available in the case of a Silver Alert
The Operation Red File information form is available for download if a participant needs to update their information.

Become a Volunteer

As a volunteer, you will work with a committed group of staff and other volunteers with a common goal of protecting potential victims of fraud. 

As a volunteer, you may:
  • Distribute information to local seniors, community centers and health care facilites
  • Educate seniors about Medicare fraud
  • Present information in your community about SMP
  • Connect victims of fraud to the appropriate resource for help

Interested? Call 800-432-3535 or download the volunteer brochure below.

This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90MP0087 from the U. S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, represent official Administration for Community Living policy.