the medical board is reviewing dr.! but how do patients know that drs. are doing this. What can patients do to protect against this kind of behavior?
Dr was found writing prescritions for patients then picking up meds himself for his own use. Now?
Added 28 Aug 2011:
Medications were pain pills !!!! So Dr. will now be in trouble and may lose his lic. to practice meds, but what about the patients rights? This dr. was able to have these meds. billed to patients insurance!
Many insurances have a web site that has a section where you can look at your Rx history. Many folks use this for tax purposes. It will show any Rx filled and submitted in your name, the name of the medication, when it was filled and where. You can review this list then notify your insurance company if you notice Rx's that were not filled with your knowledge. It is likely how this Dr was caught. Someone noticed Rxs that they knew they did not fill and on investigation this would have been found. It was a very stupid thing for this Dr to do but unfortunately they do fall prone to addictions like any other human can. It is unfortunate that he abused his power that way. He will likely lose his license and may face jail time and at the very least lose his prescribing priviledges. Most Drs are honest and this is a rare occurance as most would not want to risk their license and waste all their years of education this way but it does happen on occasion. It is usually a person with a very bad addiction because it has gotten so bad that they are willing to risk all and their thought process is so screwed up that they think they can get away with this kind of behavior. It is always a good idea to check you EOB's (explaination of benefits) that come from your insurance company and check histories online. This way you can see what all is billed for in your name and contest it if there is something there you know you did not receive. Not only can a Dr do this but on occasion insurances can be billed for services you didnt receive, or they may try billing your insurance for the services of another patient either accidentally or on purpose. This can be done by office personel and billing companies. Someone else may get a hold of your info and pretend to be you as well. There are many fraudulent schemes and it is best to watch out for things yourself. It is unfortunate in this day and age that we cannot trust those who should be trustworthy.
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