Q: You wrote a column this year about Medicare fraud. Is there some place I can go to learn more about it?

A: Note your calendar for the “Fraud Prevention Summit 2012” on Sept. 13. This half-day event is sponsored by the Ventura County Area Agency on Aging, Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program, Senior Medicare Patrol and Ventura County Financial Abuse Specialist Team.

This event will bring together those who have worked in the field and will provide visitors with information on what is happening and actions being taken to reduce the problem.

The event will be at the Courtyard by Marriott, 600 E. Esplanade Drive in Oxnard. The day will start with a continental breakfast at 7:45 a.m. and end about 1 p.m.

Julie Schoen from Senior Medicare Patrol will be the moderator. Guest speakers will be Ventura County SheriffGeoff Dean and District Attorney Greg Totten.

There will be two panel presentations. One will address Medicare fraud and protecting against identity theft and insurance fraud. The second will discuss health, elder abuse and prosecution. The panels will consist of representatives from the Office of the Inspector General, Adult Protective Services, Department of Insurance, FBI and District Attorney’s Office plus a neuropsychologist.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 477-7310.

Q: In the past, the Thousand Oaks Council on Aging has presented interesting programs as part of its monthly televised meeting. Does it plan to continue these programs?

A: Yes. The council will return from its two-month hiatus Sept. 5 with a broadcast on Adult Protective Services. Adult Protective Services is part of the County Human Services Agency and provides a safety net to help ensure the protection of the elderly and dependent adults.

The meeting will start at 1 p.m. in the Civic Arts Plaza boardroom, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. in Thousand Oaks.

On Oct. 3, Dr. Robert Gonzalez, Ventura County medical director, will take the audience on a virtual tour of a clinic.

On Nov. 7, the Senior Advocate will present an update on Social Security and Medicare changes for 2013.

On Dec. 5, Tee Barr will present “Brain Fitness,” providing insights on normal brain activity and demonstrating exercises to improve brain functions.

The public is invited to the meetings. Call 381-7362, email councilonaging@toaks.org or visithttp://www.toaks.org/seniors for more information.


Sept. 5: “Brain Fitness Group Class for Boomers 50 Years Plus,” 7 -8:30 p.m., Simi Valley Senior Center. Call 583-6363 for details.

Sept. 6: “What Medicare Beneficiaries Must Know to Prepare for Medicare’s 2013 Enrollment” seminar, 10 a.m. to noon, South Oxnard Senior Center, 200 E. Bard Road in Oxnard. Call 385-8042 for more information. Bring all correspondence you have received.

Sept. 9: Senior Concerns’ Ultimate Dining Experience at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza. Call 497-0189 for reservations.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2012/aug/28/medicare-fraud-prevention-focus-of-upcoming/#ixzz26qgKMEqa
– vcstar.com

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