Archives for March 2012

Top Prescribing Child Psychiatrist in Hot Water – Texas

Houston Chronicle Complaint alleges Houston-based doctor improperly gave drugs to child By Lise Olsen and Todd Ackerman March 28, 2012 A Houston-based psychiatrist and the state’s leading prescriber of the anti-anxiety drug Xanax is the subject of a complaint to the Texas Medical Board alleging he improperly and simultaneously prescribed four drugs to an 8-year-old, […]

Hawaii – State Cuts High Prescribers from Medicaid

Star Advertiser (Honolulu, HI) State cuts doctors from Medicaid Three were pulled from the program because of prescription volumes By Rob Perez Mar 27, 2012 The state terminated three Medicaid physicians who were prescribing relatively high amounts of potent psychiatric and pain drugs, while two other providers are under investigation by federal agencies, according to […]

Grassley Pursues Prescription Drug Abuse in Medicaid, Medicare

For Immediate Release March 22, 2012 Grassley Pursues Prescription Drug Abuse in Medicaid, Medicare Statement of Senator Chuck Grassley Senate Finance Committee Health Care Subcommittee Hearing “Prescription Drug Abuse: How are Medicare and Medicaid Adapting to the Challenge?” March 22, 2012 Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this important hearing today. I appreciate your leadership […]

State puts lid on overprescribing doctors

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW By Andrew Conte March 17, 2012 Pennsylvania has investigated and removed some doctors who were among the top prescribers of painkillers and mental health drugs for Medicaid patients, officials said in a letter made public on Friday. Five doctors were disqualified from participating in the program; four had their licenses suspended; two were […]

Attack Medicaid fraud

Post and Courier Attack Medicaid fraud March 15, 2012 What part of “do no harm” do doctors who steal from Medicaid not understand? The $1.9 million (at least) that health care providers in South Carolina inappropriately billed to the state Medicaid agency in 2008 and 2009 could go a long way to helping poor people […]

South Carolina Top Prescribers Must Repay $1.9 million

Post and Courier Health providers to repay $1.9 million – Improper billing to Medicaid cited By Renee Dudley March 14, 2012 More than 30 South Carolina health care providers must repay nearly $1.9 million they inappropriately billed to the state Medicaid agency, according to state health officials and documents recently obtained by The Post and […]

High-Prescribing Docs Get Spanked In Minnesota

Pharmalot By Ed Silverman March 7th, 2012 seroquelTwo years ago, 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 […]

Psychiatric prescriptions under state investigation, agency says

Star Telegram Psychiatric prescriptions under state investigation, agency says Monday, Mar. 05, 2012 By Darren Barbee A Texas health agency has begun investigating more than three dozen healthcare providers who prescribed large quantities of powerful psychiatric drugs — some to children — after a U.S. senator raised questions about the medications. The Texas Health and […]

U.S. senator raises questions about prescriptions written under Minnesota’s Medicaid program

Pioneer Press By Christopher Snowbeck March 1, 2012 A prominent U.S. senator is raising concerns about the potential for doctors in Minnesota to abuse the Medicaid health-insurance program by prescribing large numbers of painkillers and other medicines. In a January letter to state officials, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote that he found several “shocking” examples […]

Iowa senator’s letter to Oregon hits hot issue: rate psychiatrists prescribe drugs to children

The Oregonian March 02, 2012 By Nick Budnick Psychiatrist Curt Sturos tends to troubled kids in southern Oregon and considers himself part of a growing awareness that mental health drugs may be overused. So it was a surprise to find himself exhibit A in a recent letter from a powerful U.S. senator demanding to know […]

Top Prescribers – Minnesota

Pioneer Press U.S. senator raises questions about prescriptions written under Minnesota’s Medicaid program By Christopher Snowbeck March 1, 2012 A prominent U.S. senator is raising concerns about the potential for doctors in Minnesota to abuse the Medicaid health-insurance program by prescribing large numbers of painkillers and other medicines. In a January letter to state officials, […]

Doctors’ prescriptions raise suspicions of Medicaid fraud

Star Tribune By JEREMY OLSON February 29, 2012 Minnesota officials are reporting a handful of doctors to the state medical board for potential disciplinary action because of the amount of addictive painkillers and potent psychotropic drugs they have prescribed. In a Feb. 13 letter to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the Department of Human Services […]