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Event offers help for seniors

Learn how to prevent fraud, waste, abuse and errors in healthcare


The Clackamas County Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) has planned a free event to help local residents prevent healthcare fraud, waste, abuse and errors.

The Sandy Community Center will play host to the event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, at the Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd. It will include several activities designed to help local residents of any age protect themselves from any type of fraud.

The following activities will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the event:

  • Cintas and SMP are providing for the shredding of documents. This free service gives local residents a safe and‚ secure method to shred confidential papers on-site‚ by a certified Cintas employee — from drop-off to destruction the papers are constantly monitored and protected.

  • The Sandy Police Department and SMP will collect expired and unwanted drugs, which the police department will destroy with other drugs it has collected during its investigations. The drugs are incinerated at a very high temperature so there is no need to remove labels. Containers holding liquids should be sealed in a plastic bag.

  • Volunteers from SMP and Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) will provide information to anyone with questions. The Clackamas County Volunteer Connection Program has sponsored their appearance.

  • From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation on the topic of preventing and reporting fraud and Medicare information.

  • From 12:30-2 p.m. there will be individual counseling for fraud prevention and Medicare assistance with certified SMP and SHIBA counselor volunteers from Clackamas County.

    For information, call Cami at the Sandy Community Center, 503-668-5569, or SHIBA and SMP at 503-655-8269.