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How to Read Your MSN(Medicare Summary Notice)

This document was supported, in part, by grant number 90-MP-0167 from the Administration on Aging, Department of Health & Human Services. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings & conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not therefore necessarily represent official Administration on Aging policy.

What is the SMP

(Senior Medicare Patrol)


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.

SMP Message
  • Protect:
  • Do not give out your personal information to anyone you do not know!
  • Medicare Number
  • Social Security Number
  • Bank Account Information
  • Credit Card Number(s)
  • Detect:
  • Compare your Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) to your health care activity and look for:
  • Charges for something you did not receive
  • Items billed twice
  • Services that were not ordered by your doctor
  • Report:
  • Talk to your healthcare provider
  • or
  • Call Missouri SMP at 888-515-6565
What is a MSN

(Medicare Summary Notice) ?

  • Mailed to beneficiaries enrolled in Part A and/or Part B (Original Medicare)
  • Mailed every three months when Medicare has been billed
  • Lists details about beneficiary claims
  • It is NOT a bill
  • Reference the MY MEDICARE & YOU handbook mailed each fall.
  • Remember, you can access your claims online at any time by setting up your own account on
Medicare Part A helps cover:
  • Hospitals
  • Skilled Nursing facilities
  • Hospice
  • Home Health
Medicare Part B helps cover:
  • Physicians (in or out of hospital)
  • Outpatient therapy services
  • Outpatient hospital services
  • Preventive services
  • Ambulance
  • Medical supplies and services
  • ………..
  • Complete list in Medicare & You
Thank you

for your time!

Call 888-515-6565 or