About the Scam:
Medicare recently let us know that some pharmacies and companies are calling people with Medicare and offering free foot tubs, along with prescription medications to mix with water to create a foot soak. The medications are usually antifungal and antibiotic, but when used in this way, they don’t work or may even be harmful. In some cases, they can hurt your skin, especially if you have foot ulcers. The companies then bill health plans for the items.
As a reminder:
- Never give your social security number, Medicare number or Peoples Health member ID number to anyone you don’t know. Medicare and Peoples Health already have this information and will not call you to ask for it.
- Always speak with your doctor about your medication needs.
For more information, call our Compliance & Ethics HelpCenter toll-free hotline at 1-800-455-4521.