Seniors Get A Warning On Medical Alert Scam

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Top Medical Alert Systems Preserve Independence

As millions more Americans enter the healthcare insurance market under the Affordable Care Act, fraud and abuse are expected to escalate. Flagging and resolving suspicious healthcare transactions earlier in the process will aid health plans in reducing healthcare costs. Today, the misuse of a medical identity is typically discovered long after the member’s medical record has been compromised. MIDAS streamlines the investigation of fraud and medical identity theft and leverages ID Experts’ proven expertise in dispute resolution so that health insurers can better protect members, reduce fraud losses, and lower their costs. MIDAS Gives Members Control According to the 2013 Survey on Medical Identity Theft, 54% of patients do not currently check their health records and Explanation of Benefits (EOBs) for inaccuracies because they either don’t know how or say it’s too difficult. Of those who found unfamiliar claims, 52% did not report them. Engaging members throughout the healthcare process is also a key compliance component of the Affordable Care Act. MIDAS will engage members to monitor their healthcare transactions and allow them to take control of their medical identities.
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Having such a tool round your neck will surely make you and your dear ones feel safer. With all that life-saving info, you might have higher possibilities to beat life-threatening situations. Weall continue to research to discover a more reliable, false-alarm-proof system for our clients. So stylish, even individuals and not using a medical condition covet them! aI actually have all the time refused to put on those ugly medical alert id tags earlier medical alert buttons for seniors than. Imagine my surprise once I found your site. While the cost was lower than other websites I looked at, the quality is astoundinga a Lee Ann G.
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ID Experts Adds Medical Identity Alert System

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The market is expected to reach the $2bn mark by 2020. Save Bengaluru, India — ( SBWIRE ) — 12/26/2013 — The projected percentage of GDP amount to be spent by Asia Pacific countries such as China, Japan and South Korea in public healthcare will be 10% by 2020 owing to the rapid rise in ageing citizens. With the increasing ageing population all across the world particularly developed countries, their health and care will be of prime importance for the current generation. To reduce the dependency factor of the aged persons on others, the caretakers are involving the use of PERS or medical alert systems thereby forming a huge market share in the healthcare industry. Humana Inc. in collaboration with Valued Relationships Inc. is going to provide 500 Medicare members nationwide with the pilot enhanced medical alert system. The surge in the ageing population in Europe has forced EU members to seek a change in their healthcare policies and provide reimbursements for remote monitoring systems including PERS devices.
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Global Medical Alert Systems/Personal Emergency Response Market (PERS) – A Blooming Market with the Increase in Ageing Population

The system works with a power plug and a phone line, so anyone can install it easily. 2. LifeFone : Worldwide protection is available with this service, as long as the pendant is within 1,000 feet of the base. LifeFone sets up emergency contact plans, and a personalized profile allows LifeFone to give emergency responders critical information, including medical history, medications, allergies, physicians, family members, neighbors and preferred hospital. 3. LifeStation : This medical alert system offers several years of experience.
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Scammers Targeting Seniors With Medical Alert System

MobileHelp® Announces New DUO Mobile-Personal Emergency Response System (M-PERS)

“It was the best robo-call I’ve ever heard because it really sounded personable and there were pauses,” she said. A few days later, she received another call, also from California, but from a different number. That time, a live person encouraged her to set up an appointment to install the system at her house, but McCord hung up the phone. “I couldn’t understand why they were calling me, and then when he was so insistent it was free, I was pretty sure,” she said. When attempting to call the number, there is no option to talk to anyone about installing the system. “I’m afraid that there are people who really need the medical alert system, who can’t afford it, and when they hear it’s gong to be free, it’s a relief,” McCord said. “I really think people will fall for it.” McCord recently signed up for Medicare and she suspects that it how the scammer got her phone number.
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Seniors get a warning on medical alert scam

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We’re experiencing a few technical issues. Try again By submitting you agree to our Terms of Service Your Take contributions have not been reviewed for accuracy by USA TODAY. Contributors agree to our Terms of Service and are responsible for the content of their videos and photos. Please report any content that violates the terms. Seniors get a warning on medical alert scam By Susan Tompor, USA TODAY 9 a.m. EDT June 9, 2013 Scam artists often target senior citizens.
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The Fall Button detects falls and automatically initiates an emergency call, even if the user is unable to press the button. We know that in the US alone, more than 12 million seniors will experience a fall in any given year and that more than 40 percent of those falls will occur outside of the home, said Robert Flippo, MobileHelp CEO. We designed the Cellular DUO System to provide our clients with the extra protection they need combined with the freedom they want. Operating on AT&Ts nationwide cellular network, the Cellular DUO System combines the flexibility of a wireless device with the security of a PERS system: A single press of the button immediately sends an alarm to a 24-hour staffed emergency call center where an operator will have instant access to the users basic medical history, location and emergency contacts. The Cellular DUO System offers all the features of the original Cellular Classic system with the added feature of a mobile device offering the user protection anywhere they go. The cellular base stations lighted display enables delivery of Medication Reminders, the first of MobileHelp Connect interactive health applications, target release Q1 2014. The MobileHelp Cellular DUO Systemincludes a cellular base station, a Mobile Device with mobile pouch and portable cradle charger, and choice of a waterproof neck pendant or wrist button which should be worn at all times. Also incorporated with the system is MobileHelp Connect an innovative online portal, which provides event notification and online tracking platform for customers, families and caregivers. About MobileHelp MobileHelp is America’s leading provider of M-PERS (Mobile-Personal Emergency Response System) technology based in Boca Raton, Florida and services clients in all 50 states.
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Callers have been described as pushy and may use scare tactics to intimidate seniors into providing sensitive information. Unfortunately our seniors are at the highest risk of being victimized by deceptive sales tactics and targeted for identity theft says David Weiss, President of BBB Serving Greater Cleveland. While pushy sales tactics arent themselves illegal, we encourage seniors and their caretakers alike to ask questions and to look for red flags associated with a scam. Additionally, BBB is warning consumers not to provide sensitive personal or financial information to cold-calling companies. Notes Weiss One never knows what ethically-challenged companies or employees will do with sensitive customer information, but it could easily lead to identity theft and financial loss. BBB advised consumers to watch for these red flags: Free Offers Be wary of free offers that require you to pay a handling charge or other fees. In the case of medical alert systems, ask if there are additional monthly charges. If the telemarketer says a friend or family member bought the unit, ask for the name of the person and verify with them before agreeing to anything.
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BBB Warns Seniors of Deceptive Telemarketing Calls Offering Free Medical Alert Devices

If you give this information, you will find a monthly charge of $35 which was supposed to be a free medical alert system. To beat the scammers, the DAs office recommended: Never provide personal information to an unknown caller. Never respond to a robocall from an unknown company. Dont press a key to talk to a person. Simply hang up. You can receive illegal robocalls even if your phone number is on the National Do Not Call registry. These calls often come from a foreign country and they do not follow the Do Not Call rules, the DA said. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has a Web page with more information on this subject: http://www.ftc.gov/.
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Tunstall Americas Partners With Numera On Distribution Of Mobile Personal Emergency Response System (mpers)

Visonic Recalls Amber Personal Emergency Response System Kits Due to Remote Pendant Battery Signal Failure

22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Tunstall Americas, a leader in independent living technologies and 24/7 healthcare contact services announced today their partnership with Numera, of Seattle, WA. The agreement names Tunstall Americas as a distribution partner for Numera’s mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS). “The value of this partnership underscores our commitment to provide our customers with the resources necessary to live as independent and active a life as possible,” said Brad Waugh, President and CEO of Tunstall Americas. “Incorporating Numera’s product into Tunstall’s solutions will allow our customers to securely venture outside of their homes knowing that help is only a touch away if needed.” Tunstall Americas operates two state-of-the-art contact centers located in Long Island City, NY and Pawtucket, RI. The centers feature high-speed communication infrastructures and the highest security available. The centers are HIPAA compliant and staffed by professional telephone Tunstall Agents who have been highly trained on the mPERS solution. By simply pressing the mPERS emergency response button, the customer will be connected to a Tunstall Agent who will evaluate the situation and determine appropriate action. The mPERS has built-in GPS technology, which helps the agent locate the customer.
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AT&T Launches Mobile Personal Emergency Response System

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Each unit has an external label on the back of the base station, with the product name and serial number. Only Amber Classic or SelectX base stations that are placed in Common Area Mode by a professionally trained PERS system installer and are used without additional base stations, are included in the recall. Incidents/Injuries: The firm received one report of a pendant that failed to operate due to a low battery undetected by the base station in Common Area Mode. No injuries have been reported. Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact their system installer or a Visonic alarm installation professional to determine if their Amber base station is set to Common Area Mode, and if so, to either reset their unit to another mode or make other system changes, such as adding an additional base station. Only a professionally-trained PERS system installer can identify and modify the particular mode configuration.
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Incidents/Injuries: The firm received one report of a pendant that failed to operate due to a low battery undetected by the base station in Common Area Mode. No injuries have been reported. Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact their system installer or a Visonic alarm installation professional to determine if their Amber base station is set to Common Area Mode, and if so, to either reset their unit to another mode or make other system changes, such as adding an additional base station. Only a professionally-trained PERS system installer can identify and modify the particular mode configuration. Owners are also reminded to manually test their Amber PERS pendant regularly for low battery status. Sold at: Visonic distributors and professional alarm installation firms nationwide from January 2008 through August 2013 for between $220 and $240 for the kits.
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that has a call button to notify a care center when the user falls or has an emergency situation. The device provides hands-free voice communication with the care center that can in turn respond with appropriate help.It has an internal accelerometer to automatically determine when the user has a fall and is able to place a call even if the wearer may not be able to. The device provides 247 monitoring with a care center that is able to dispatch an ambulance or call a loved one. The EverThere system makes use of GPS and allows the care center to instantly determine the users location. The portable system, which was designed by a Seattle based company called Numera, makes use of internal gyroscopes and magnetometers, along with the accelerometer, to help learn the users daily routine. The device then sets the threshold to differentiate between the users normal motion and abrupt motions like falls. It can be worn either on a lanyard or on a belt using a supplied clip.
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Visonic Recalls Amber Personal Emergency Response System Kits Due to Remote Pendant Battery Signal Failure

Q says: here 007, take this device which is the size of a watch and when you press this button it shows us exactly where you are and we can communicate directly with you anytime, any place exciting stuff, welcome to the world of PERS; in other words Personal Emergency Response Systems. Of course what Q was referring to at that time was only in the world of fiction, but this has now become a reality that is available and affordable by all. Every so often a system comes along incorporating the latest technology which represents a major step forward in the world of public safety, not just the safety of agents; something that really knocks your socks off! PERS in global terms is not new, but the latest technology has resulted in such systems being available and affordable by all in the Algarve, whereas previously it had been limited to James Bond movies. This feature, therefore, looks at the development of PERS, what exactly they do and how they can in certain instances be a lifesaver. is a former Assistant Commissioner of the Hong Kong Police, consultant to INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. In October 2011 he formed Safe Communities Algarve an on-line platform here in the Algarve to help the authorities and the community prevent crime.
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