Senior Medicare Patrols empower and assist Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers to prevent, detect, and report health care fraud, errors, and abuse through outreach, counseling, and education. Their work is in three main areas:
SMPs are grant-funded projects of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL). In Tennessee, the Upper Cumberland Development District/AAAD holds the statewide SMP contract. The Upper Cumberland contracts with the eight other regions of the state to provide SMP services. In addition to AAAD staff, other trained partners across the state include: Offices on Aging, senior centers, low income housing facilities, faith-based groups, community groups, legal aid, TN Commission on Aging & Disability, homeless prevention groups, and retired individuals.