Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Essential Read!! Pharmacy-Made Pain Creams Flagged On Fears Of Medicare Fraud And Risk By Julie Appleby AUGUST 9, 2018

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“Although some of this billing may be legitimate, all of these pharmacies warrant further scrutiny,” concludes the report from the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services.
In total, 547 pharmacies — nearly 23 percent of those that submit most of the bills to Medicare for making these creams — hit one or more of five red-flag markers set by investigators. Those included what the researchers called “extremely high” prices; large percentages of Medicare members getting identical drugs — 16 of the pharmacies billed for identical drugs for 200 or more customers; “greatly increased” year-over-year billing — 20 pharmacies increased their billing by more than 10,000 percent; or having a single medical provider writing more than 131 prescriptions. More than half of those pharmacies hit two or more measures — and 10 hit all five.

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