Saturday, April 19, 2014
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Doctor's Painkiller Scam Shows Need for Stricter Standards, Report Says

New Jersey doctors have been bilking Medicaid by wrongfully handing out drugs for prescription painkillers and in some cases serving as a front for the Russian mob -- showing the need for stricter oversight, according to a report by the State Commission of Investigation (SCI) released yesterday.

Doctor's Painkiller Scam Shows Need for Stricter Standards, Report Says

New Jersey doctors have been bilking Medicaid by wrongfully handing out drugs for prescription painkillers and in some cases serving as a front for the Russian mob -- showing the need for stricter oversight, according to a report by the State Commission of Investigation (SCI) released yesterday.

The authors of the report, “Scenes from an Epidemic,” recommended that the state adopt explicit standards based on national models for how doctors should prescribe powerful pain treatments.

The New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners hasn’t picked up on key elements of the national model, including explicit definitions of terms like “acute pain” and “substance abuse,” which will help in setting formal standards of practice for doctors, a step that the report recommended.

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