Archives for December 2010

Grassley: \’Widely abused\’ drugs overprescribed

GAZETTE (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) By Paul Barton Source: Capitol News Connection WASHINGTON — Medicaid doctors nationwide prescribing sky-high totals of psychiatric drugs have set off fraud sensors belonging to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. Grassley, a member of the Senate Finance Committee that monitors the federal-state health care program for the indigent, wants Kathleen Sebelius, secretary […]

Orange jail psychiatrist fired after arrest on fraud charges

Orlando Sentinel Records show Arturo Hernandez-Pena, 52, was fired last week By Jeff Weiner December 9, 2010 A psychiatrist who used to see inmates at the Orange County jail was fired after his arrest last week on insurance-fraud charges, records show. Arturo Hernandez-Pena, 52, was arrested while working at 10:35 a.m. on Dec. 1. Records […]

Top antipsychotic prescribers also drug promoters

California Watch By Christina Jewett Three San Diego County doctors who accepted five-figure payments from pharmaceutical companies have emerged on a list of the state’s top prescribers of antipsychotic drugs to the needy, according to state records. Officials from Medi-Cal, the state program for the poor and disabled, provided a list of California’s top 10 […]

3 local MDs are paid experts, also prescribe the drugs

San Diego Union Tribune Speaker\’s fees reach five figures, payments that are legal but raise questions about potential conflicts By Christina Jewett • California Watch Three San Diego doctors who prescribe medications at the same time they are paid by drug companies as experts on the products figure into a broader national debate about whether […]

State snubs feds in doctor probe

Rapid City Journal Journal Editorial Board South Dakota is one of 10 states that failed to provide complete information to a U.S. senator who is trying to identify doctors who prescribe excessive amounts of mental health and pain medications. State Medicaid Director Larry Iverson also refused to release that information to the media. Instead of […]

Mental health drugs probed

The Clarion-Ledger By Elizabeth Crisp and Molly Parker First it was drug makers and now it\’s doctors on the hot seat. An influential U.S. senator recently asked state Medicaid officials across the country, including those in Mississippi, to turn over information about how often doctors were prescribing certain anti-psychotic and pain medications to Medicaid recipients. […]

TN Won\’t Turn Over Names of Top Prescribers To Senate Committee

Nashville Scene by Brantley Hargrove In this week\’s cover story, \”Pharm League,\” we take a look at a few Nashville doctors who are top-paid pharmaceutical industry speakers and consultants, attempting to suss out just what these relationships mean. Apparently, there are five Tennessee doctors who made $200,000 or more over the last year or so […]

State ignores Senate request for medical data

Rapid City Journal By Lynn Taylor Rick South Dakota failed to provide complete information to a ranking member of the Senate Committee on Finance when he asked for a list of the top 10 Medicare/Medicaid providers who prescribe specific mental health medications. Larry Iversen, state medicaid director, also declined to release to the media the […]

TN withholds doctors\’ names

The Tennessean By Brandon Gee A powerful U.S. senator is turning a spotlight on doctors who overprescribe commonly abused medications, but he has found a challenge in getting the names of the doctors from some states, including Tennessee. Still, the data that Tennessee sent from its TennCare program shows that some doctors prescribe far more […]