Reviews highlight harmful prescriptions and unnecessary surgeries

Published on June 21, 2013 at 2:52 AM · No Comments

ProPublica takes a look at a Medicare drug program report detailing the prescription writing practices of some physicians while USA Today reports on its findings regarding unnecessary surgeries based on a review of government records and medical databases.

ProPublica/The Washington Post: Report: 700 Doctors Wrote Possibly Harmful Medicare Prescriptions
More than 700 doctors nationwide wrote prescriptions for elderly and disabled patients in highly questionable and potentially harmful ways, according to a report of Medicare's drug program released Thursday. The review by the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services flags those doctors as &quotvery extreme&quot in their prescribing and says Medicare should do more to investigate or stop them (Weber, Ornstein and LaFleur, 6/20).

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