SMP Informational Materials

The Illinois SMP Program produces informational resources and tools to help people Protect themselves from healthcare fraud, Detect healthcare fraud, and know when to Report healthcare fraud. Here are a few of those helpful resources: SMP Materials List This document is an overview of the outreach materials available through the Illinois SMP Program at AgeOptions.

Illinois SMP Program Brochure

Our program brochure gives basic information about healthcare fraud and the SMP program.

We also have SMP brochures available in non-English languages

Trending Healthcare Scams

The following are scams or issues that have been trending on the SMP fraud hotline. (Flyers and tipsheets)

Catheter Scams – Read more about them here.

COVID-19 Scams

New Medicare Card Scams

Genetic Testing Scam – Genetic Testing is Never Free Tip Sheet

Opioid Crisis Tip Sheet- Combat Opioid Misuse and Abuse


How to Read a Medicare Summary Notice (MSN)

Reading your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) or Explanation of Benefits is a great way to detect potential fraud or errors. This updated handout summarizes what to look for when reviewing your MSN and includes examples of the newly redesigned MSN available in 2013:



The following tip sheet explains in Spanish why the MSN is important and how to get your MSN in Spanish by calling 1-800-MEDICARE

Illinois SMP In Case of Emergency Card

SMP Bingo

Illinois SMP Fraud BINGO/Loteria Game

(To play the SMP BINGO or Loteria game, print a copy of these questions and read them and the corresponding answers aloud. Have participants find the answers on their BINGO/Loteria card – see links above for cards.)

Illinois SMP Program Healthcare Tracking Journal

The SMP program produces healthcare tracking journals that you can use to take notes on their doctor appointments, hospital visits, prescription drugs, etc. Compare your notes to the claims listed on your Medicare Summary Notice or Explanation of Benefits!

Illinois SMP Tip Sheets and PowerPoint Presentations

The Illinois SMP program has produced tip sheets and PowerPoint presentations with information on health care and fraud, and steps that Medicare beneficiaries can take to Protect themselves from, Detect, and Report healthcare fraud:

Illinois SMP Presentations

General Medicare/Medicaid Fraud Tips/Information Tip Sheets

Home Health

Tip sheets explaining the basics of Medicare’s home health benefit and tips to avoid fraud.

Additional Tip Sheets

Home Health Explanation and Infograph


Information on what home health services Medicare covers, who qualifies for those services, and fraud schemes related to home health.

Durable Medical Equipment

Additional Tip Sheets


This presentation includes information on Medicare coverage of durable medical equipment and Medicare’s rules for durable medical equipment suppliers, as well as information on fraud schemes involving durable medical equipment in Illinois.

Insurance Plan Marketing

Tip Sheets

Ask the Right Questions Form: This form has questions to ask an insurance agent when considering a private insurance plan like Part D or Medicare Advantage.


Information on Medicare’s rules regarding Part D and Medicare Advantage plan marketing.

Skilled Nursing Facilities


Presentation on when Medicare covers skilled nursing facility services, Medicare beneficiaries’ rights in a skilled nursing facility, and fraud issues in skilled nursing care.

Hospital Care

Health Reform

Tip Sheets Created By Others

SAGE SMP Materials Targeting LGBT Medicare Beneficiaries

Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) received a grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) to develop health care fraud prevention tools and resources for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bixsexual, and transgender) older adults and the professionals working LGBT individuals. For more information and resources, visit

Here are the SAGE SMP tip sheets for Medicare beneficiaries with Illinois SMP contact information

Illinois Attorney General’s Silver Beat Program Tip Sheets

In partnership with AgeOptions and the Illinois SMP program, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office Silver Beat program provides outreach and education to seniors on a variety of fraud issues. Here are a few of their helpful tip sheets on consumer fraud issues:

Illinois SMP Ads

The Illinois SMP Program created the following advertisements to get the word out about fraud and volunteering with SMP. (Please contact the SMP Program at (800)699-9043 if you would like to use these ads in your publication. We have higher quality files that we can share.)

  • General Fraud Ad
  • English Version (JPEG)
  • Spanish Version (JPEG)
  • Volunteer Ad
  • English Version (JPEG)

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90MPPG0036, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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