Part D

Amid Rampant Fraud, Medicare Moves to Tighten Oversight of Prescribers

Amid Rampant Fraud, Medicare Moves to Tighten Oversight of Prescribers
Ten years after Medicare’s vaunted prescription drug program was signed into law, the Obama administration and Congress are re-evaluating whether it does enough to stop inappropriate prescribing and fraud by physicians. Until now, the program’s top priority has been getting drugs into the hands of its elderly and disabled enrollees, earning it high praise from consumers and politicians. Medicare is now putting in place changes that would give greater priority to targeting fraud and curbing waste.
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Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber
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Only Small Fraction of Medicare Patients Enrolled in Lowest-Cost Prescription Drug Program

Only Small Fraction of Medicare Patients Enrolled in Lowest-Cost Prescription Drug Program
With open enrollment for 2014 drawing to a close this Saturday, there’s little time for delay for 36 million Medicare patients to choose a drug plan. Even those happy with their plan from last year need to re-evaluate dozens of choices, as changing costs can double or even triple a person's annual prescription costs.
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Charles Ornstein
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New Online Database of Doctors Highlights Potentially Harmful Prescribing Habits

New Online Database of Doctors Highlights Potentially Harmful Prescribing Habits
For most of us, evaluating a doctor’s prescribing habits is just about impossible. Even doctors themselves have little way of knowing whether their drug choices fall in line with those of their peers. However, a new online database culled from doctors who prescribe to Medicare patients is starting to shape the information and accountability of both physicians and Big Pharma.
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Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein
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