Chronic Pain — 26 January 2014

By Pat Anson, Editor

The U.S. government is planning a new crackdown on doctors, pharmacies and patients who over-prescribe or abuse painkillers as part of a major overhaul of the federal Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug programs.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the crackdown in a series of proposed rule changes that would give the agency sweeping new powers to prevent prescription fraud.

The changes are outlined in a 678-page report released this week. If enacted, the new regulations would take effect in 2015 and save an estimated $1.3 billion, according to the Obama administration. The public has a 60-day period to comment on the changes.

“Prescription drug abuse is a serious and growing problem nationwide. Unfortunately, the Medicare Part D prescription drug program (Part D) is not immune from the abuses associated with this nationwide epidemic,” the agency said in a statement.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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