$350M Medicare Drug Bill Came From Just 700 Doctors: OIG

Law360, New York (June 20, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT) -- Medicare spent $350 million in one year on prescription drugs authorized by roughly 700 physicians who helped patients acquire inordinate amounts of painkillers and used an unusually large number of pharmacies, activities that might suggest fraud, according to an inspector general’s report released Thursday.

The report analyzed Medicare Part D drug claims in 2009, focusing on 540 million prescriptions written by 87,000 primary care physicians, and discovered that a small number of doctors stood out from the pack for their prolific billing of the federal government...
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