Northwest Tennessee SHIP

Free, Non-Biased Medicare Counseling, Information, and Assistance 

Tips for Fighting Fraud and Abuse

SMP: Empowering Seniors to Prevent Medicare & Medicaid Fraud, offers assistance in educating beneficiaries on identifying and preventing Medicare and Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse. Upper Cumberland Development District received the grant to administer the SMP program in 2001. The grant is funded in part by Administration on Aging. Prior to January 2006, the program name was Senior Medicare Patrol Project.


  • Protect yourself from Medicare errors, fraud and abuse.
  • Learn to detect potential errors, fraud and abuse
  • If you suspect that you have been a target of errors, fraud, or abuse, REPORT IT!

Contact the Tennessee Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) if you need assistance with Medicare billing issues, Medicare appeals, or reporting Medicare fraud.

TN SMP is a statewide program that Empowers Seniors to prevent healthcare fraud, SMP recruits retired professionals to serve as resources in their communities. If you are interested in volunteering with SMP, contact 1-866-826-7677 for a program in your


SMP is a nationwide program funded in part by the U.S. Administration for Community Living. In Tennessee, SMP is administer by Upper Cumberland Development District and partners with the Statewide Area Agency on Aging and Disability Network.