Archives for November 2010

Scrutinizing scripts

Chattanooga Times Free Press By Emily Bregel TennCare officials declined to provide the names of the state\’s top prescribers for eight powerful drugs when responding earlier this year to a request from a U.S. senator wanting to crack down on unscrupulous prescribing. In April, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, requested all state Medicaid programs to provide […]

The cost of mental health? Pricey

Lincoln Star By Mark Andersen One Lincoln psychiatrist. Six mental health medications prescribed to Medicaid patients over two years. Cost to taxpayers: $2,927,872. Newspapers around the country have picked up on the lists of Medicaid providers requested last April by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who suggested large numbers should spark official inquiries. First, some cautions. […]

Some docs face fraud inquiry

Post & Courier Senator looking into S.C. Medicaid prescription billing By Renee Dudley An influential U.S. senator is checking up on South Carolina doctors who have billed millions of dollars in prescriptions to the financially struggling, taxpayer-funded Medicaid program. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, requested data from each state this year listing which […]

States Refusing To Give Medicaid Data To Grassley

Pharmalot By Ed Silverman Earlier this year, US Senator Chuck Grassley asked all 50 states to provide data on doctors who wrote huge numbers of prescriptions for specific drugs that are paid for by Medicaid programs. The move was prompted by reports indicating certain meds – notably, several widely used antipsychotics, as well as the […]

Beleaguered doc was biggest Medicaid prescriber of pain ‘lollipop’

Journal Inquirer Beleaguered doc was biggest Medicaid prescriber of pain ‘lollipop’ By Don Michak A Berlin psychiatrist whose license to practice medicine was suspended last summer ranked among the biggest prescribers of eight pain and mental health medications — including federally controlled narcotic drugs — charged to the Medicaid program in Connecticut, state Department of […]

Inquiry eyes Ind. doctors who write prescriptions

Indianapolis Star by John Russell Indiana doctors who write thousands of prescriptions a year for drugs covered by publicly funded Medicaid and Medicare programs are coming under federal scrutiny. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa has launched an investigation into doctors here and around the country who are top prescribers for drugs billed to the […]

U.S. Senator scrutinizes top Oklahoma prescribers of pain, anti-psychotic medications

Oklahoman BY RANDY ELLIS A state agency has forwarded lists of the top 10 Oklahoma Medicaid prescribers of OxyContin, Xanax and six other pain and anti-psychotic medications to a U.S. senator concerned about fraud and abuse within the $317 billion federal program. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority terminated three physicians from participating in the federal […]

EDITORIAL: Why are doctors writing so many prescriptions?

Tuscaloosa News No doubt, Robert Bentley\’s \’to do\’ list is growing daily as he prepares to become Alabama\’s next governor, but we hope he will add this: getting the state\’s Medicaid agency to release information on prescriptions written for expensive drugs. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has been gathering information from across the nation to […]

Senator Grassley Cites Connecticut Example Of Doctors Who Write Too Many Prescripstions

Hartford Courant (blog) By Matthew Sturdevant U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, cited a Connecticut example of doctors who write far more prescriptions than their peers, which he said is a national trend. The Oct. 20 letter to U.S. Health and Humans Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is about the over utilization of medical services […]