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CMS has clarified the situations in which a pharmacy can charge for dispensing certain drugs, according to an AAPC release. The situation has been clarified in Transmittal 2312, posted by CMS. Under the guidelines, pharmacies may bill Medicare Part B for specific classes of drugs, which includes immunosuppressive, oral anti-emetic and oral anti-cancer. They may […]

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Pamela C. Marsh, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, reported that Destin physician Robert Bourlier, age 55, was sentenced today for his conviction on 17 counts of health care fraud and 126 counts of unlawful drug dispensing of controlled substances, following a three-week jury trial last May. Chief U.S. District Judge Casey […]

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TALLAHASSEE — After years of discussion about privacy issues and lethal drug use, Florida doctors and pharmacists can begin tapping into a state database Monday to examine out patients’ prescription histories. The database is targeted at cutting down prescription-drug abuse and “doctor shopping” — addicts going from doctor to doctor to try to score prescriptions […]

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Florida has grown to be the epicenter for prescription drug abuse, leading the nation in the volume of such prescription drug abuse related deaths — estimatedly seven a day. As a family practice physician and first lady of the Florida Senate, I worked together with my husband, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, and Attorney […]

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Alabama regulators are getting ready to hold a public hearing on a proposed statewide average 9.3 percent decrease in the state’s workers’ compensation rates. The National Council on Compensation Insurance submitted the filing previously this year, which calls for the sixth successive rate decrease. If approved as filed, the state’s loss price rates will have […]

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Showing concern over how physician-repackaged drugs may be adding to higher workers’ compensation rates, Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty on Monday approved a proposed 8.9 percent rate increase requested by the industry. While McCarty approved the overall hike, which will kick in Jan. 1, the agency denied a rate increase request for roofers and also […]

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A Souderton physician, who prosecutors accuse of “creating a generation of drug addicts” in northern Montgomery County by openly dispensing prescriptions for powerful painkillers, surrendered to the authorities today. Richard Ruth, 76, is expected to make an preliminary appearance in district court this afternoon on charges including prescription and insurance fraud, identity theft and drug […]

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Lawmakers will once again be asked to cut workers’ compensation costs by shutting down a prescription drug loophole thought to raise pharmaceutical dispensing costs more than 600 percent when the drugs are dispensed from medical offices. Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, and Sen. Alan Hays, R-Umatilla, have filed legislation that would cap how much medical offices […]

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In an attempt to lower workers’ compensation expenses, Florida lawmakers are suggesting to restrict the amount physicians can charge for supplying patients with prescription drugs. State Sen. Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) and Rep. Matt Hudson (R-Naples) filed joint bills calling for a restriction to be placed on physician dispensing drugs in light of this year’s workers’ […]

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Bar-code scanning solutions likely to enhance efficiency and patient safety Sanford USD Medical Center, the biggest hospital in South Dakota, has installed McKesson’s industry-leading pharmacy automation solutions to help boost productivity and increase point-of-care medication safety at its facility. By incorporating bar-code scanning technology, the solutions are uniquely designed to help decrease medication errors and […]

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