Coverage would include those suffering from chronic lower back pain who are also enrolled in approved studies. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to cover acupuncture for Medicare patients who suffer from chronic lower back pain and are also enrolled participants in certain clinical trials –…
Insys founder found guilty of racketeering in connection with bribes to prescribe potent opioid spray. On past Monitor Monday programs, we have reported on John Kapoor, the former CEO of opioid giant Insys Therapeutics Inc., who has been under indictment since October 2018 for alleged violations of the Anti-Kickback Statute…
OIG’s report to Congress profiles plenty of activity, including the ongoing battle against the opioid abuse epidemic. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is in the business of rooting out “fraud, waste, and abuse” in the nation’s healthcare system, to echo the…
Most of those accused of wrongdoing are medical professionals. The national opioid crisis has hit the heart of Appalachia particularly hard, and federal authorities are pulling out the stops in fighting it. U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex M.…
MAC to audit physicians who prescribe opioids. It is well-known to the medical community and to the general public that the opioid epidemic has taken too many lives. The causes are myriad (I outlined these in a KevinMD.com article in 2016, the second most-read article of the year on that…
E&M changes, opioid crisis among issues profiled in the following forecast As the commentators who predicted that the Segway would revolutionize travel well know (you can read about that in Time), making predictions about how the world will change is challenging. When I storm-chase, I think of myself as a…
A look at who is paying the cost of the opioid crisis. Merriam-Webster defines the word “crisis” as an “unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending, especially one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome.” Or, alternatively, it is defined as…
The DOJ has focused particularly on the payment of kickbacks that induce physicians to prescribe more, or more expensive, opioids. Last week, President Trump unveiled the administration’s new plan to combat the opioid epidemic. In 2016, more than 11 million Americans misused prescription opioids, resulting in 42,000 related deaths and…
The word “stoned” is a 1960s slang word meaning roughly “intoxicated on illegal drugs.” The United States currently has an opioid epidemic. It has grown quickly, and now is of huge proportions. For the second time in only a few months, two U.S. parents were arrested because police found them…