Senior reporter at @ProPublica, past president/current board member @ahcj, hopeful Detroit Lions fan, Columbia journ prof. charles.ornstein@propublica.org

Prolific Prescribers Of Controlled Substances Face Medicare Scrutiny

wnyc.org — Despite a national crackdown on prescription drug abuse, doctors churned out an ever-larger number of prescriptions for the most-potent controlled substances to Medicare patients, new data show. In addition, ProPublica found, the most prolific prescribers of such drugs as oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine and Ritalin often have worrisome records.

Prolific Prescribers Of Controlled Substances Face Medicare Scrutiny

health.wusf.usf.edu — Despite a national crackdown on prescription drug abuse, doctors churned out an ever-larger number of prescriptions for the most-potent controlled substances to Medicare patients, new data show. In addition, ProPublica found, the most prolific prescribers of such drugs as oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine and Ritalin often have worrisome records.

Doctors who overprescribe addictive meds

usatoday.com — Doctors who are the most prolific prescribers of powerful narcotic painkillers and stimulants often have worrisome records, a ProPublica analysis of Medicare data shows. In 2012, 12 of Medicare's top 20 prescribers of drugs such as oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine and Ritalin have faced disciplinary actions by their state medical boards or criminal charges related to their medical practices, and another had documents seized from his office by federal agents.

Prolific Prescribers Of Controlled Substances Face Medicare Scrutiny

npr.org — Despite a national crackdown on prescription drug abuse, doctors churned out an ever-larger number of prescriptions for the most-potent controlled substances to Medicare patients, new data show. In addition, ProPublica found, the most prolific prescribers of such drugs as oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine and Ritalin often have worrisome records.

As Controlled Substance Use Rises in Medicare, Prolific Prescribers Face More Scrutiny

propublica.org — Despite a national crackdown on prescription drug abuse, doctors churned out an ever-larger number of prescriptions for the most-potent controlled substances to Medicare patients, new data shows. In addition, ProPublica found, the most prolific prescribers of such drugs as oxycodone, fentanyl, morphine and Ritalin often have worrisome records.

Will My Obamacare Health Plan Costs Go Up?

projects.propublica.org — The open enrollment season for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act is open until Feb. 15, 2015. Those already covered this year will have to make a crucial decision: renew or switch health care plans? On Dec.

Big Changes in Fine Print of Some 2015 Health Plans

nytimes.com — At first glance, the 2015 health plans offered by the Ohio nonprofit insurer CareSource look a lot like the ones it sold this year, in the Affordable Care Act's first enrollment season. The monthly premiums are nearly identical, and the deductibles are the same.
projects.propublica.org — The open enrollment season for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act is open until Feb. 15, 2015. Those already covered this year will have to make a crucial decision: renew or switch health care plans? On Dec.

Big Changes in Fine Print of Some 2015 Obamacare Plans

propublica.org — At first glance, the 2015 health plans offered by the Ohio nonprofit insurer CareSource look a lot like the ones it sold this year, in the Affordable Care Act's first enrollment season. The monthly premiums are nearly identical, and the deductibles are the same.

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Dec 19, 2014

Ho ho hum. RT @CBSNews: #Flu season is picking up steam just in time to ruin a lot of people's holidays: cbsn.ws/13mst8u

Dec 19, 2014

CVS Health research notes rapid uptake of new Hepatitis C treatments cvshealth.com/newsroom/press…

Dec 19, 2014

Oh man. This is sad. The many hospices that fail patients just before they die wapo.st/1DRt57c

Dec 19, 2014

RT @nicholas_bagley: If you care about health research, help @afrakt and I get back the missing Medicare and Medicaid data. theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/how-…

Dec 19, 2014

@JustinJMcGinnis @mjkeegan1127 @JasonMillman Sticker prices may stay high but I expect hidden discounts to insurers will be larger.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @PostBaron: How a bill strengthening #FOIA that appeared on track ended up going nowhere. wapo.st/1DErPEq @washingtonpost

Dec 19, 2014

RT @mjkeegan1127: Harvoni costs $1,125 per pill ($94,500 for a 12-week course of treatment) and is about to shatter sales records wapo.st/1r892vA

Dec 19, 2014

MT @katchicago: Do Chicago's red light cameras reduce crashes? We commissioned a study, and ... no. fw.to/U0lhdgR

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