Tennessee educates MDs on drug-fraud law

Tennessee's Office of the Inspector General wants to be sure medical professionals know about new legislation designed to reduce TennCare drug fraud. So the state OIG just sent out letters to more than 30,000 doctors, pharmacists and nurses educating them on the details of a new law designed to cut down on patient "doctor shopping" (visiting multiple doctors to get similar or the same medications from each). The state's OIG was created three years ago specifically to root out and prosecute fraud against TennCare. Since its inception in February 2005, the office has arrested 460 individuals for TennCare fraud, has collected more than $700,000 in restitution, and avoided more than $75 million in costs.

To learn more about the new law:
- read this Memphis Business Journal item

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