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After careful review of the COVID-19 environment, the law firm of Chayet & Danzo, LLC, will be conducting in-person appointments in our offices on a limited basis and with strict social distancing protocols.

During this time, our team will continue to diligently work remotely on all client matters and will maintain communication through email, telephone, and video conferencing. Our main office number, (303) 355-8500 will continue to be answered during our normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Fridays.

This decision to have limited appointments in-office while following strict social distancing protocols is in the best interest and health of our team, clients and community.

We will continue accepting new clients during this period as well as fully servicing our existing clients.

We wish you and your family continued health during these unique and challenging times.

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Caretakers of elderly people should know about COVID-19-related fraud

| Sep 9, 2020 | Guardianships & Conservatorships |

Guardians, conservators, family members, trustees and others who care for elders, those with disabilities and other people with vulnerabilities are wise to understand and be prepared to put protections in place against fraudulent scams related to COVID-19. Financial exploitation is a common form of elder abuse that seems to morph with current events. Our elders are more susceptible to scams and undue influence, and currently, scammers have come up with a variety of coronavirus scams.

Federal scam alert

The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) maintains a COVID-19 scam webpage for the public. The agency is warning about financial abuse and health care fraud schemes that could impact vulnerable people.

For example, scammers posing as contact tracers or government health care representatives are targeting Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries (who are usually elderly or disabled people) by telling them that their public insurance will cover the costs of COVID-19 tests.

Then, they request Medicare numbers and other personally identifiable information, saying that they will use it to set up and bill for the tests. Instead, scammers use the information to commit “medical identify theft,” submitting fraudulent bills to Medicare for reimbursement. Denied claims may then get billed to the defrauded beneficiaries.

Guardians, family members and others in positions of protection should take necessary steps to shield their vulnerable family members or protected persons from unsolicited visitors, calls, emails or texts used to initiate this scam or advertised on social media. HHS warns not to open any links sent electronically.

If the vulnerable person has medical concerns related to the coronavirus, the person’s regular medical provider should address those concerns to see that testing referrals and claims submitted to public insurers are legitimate.

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