pharmaceuticals

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by Cathy Milne APRN, MSN, BC-ANP/CS, CWOCN

A lovely elderly woman came into the office last week with perfectly coiffed silver hair and a sparkle in her steel blue eyes. She said to me, “Dear, I love that commercial with the copper pipes!” Thinking that I missed the latest and greatest TV event, I asked her to describe it to me. “It doesn’t really matter that it was creative. I am those copper pipes.” Aha! A psychotic patient, I thought. She zeroed in on her goal. “I want that pill that helped the copper pipes! May I have a prescription for that today, Honey?”

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by Glenda Motta RN, MPH

Say what you will about Obamacare, but the President has made eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse in healthcare a top priority. The Attorney General and Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary recently released a report on health care fraud prevention and enforcement efforts in Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.1 Nearly $4.1 billion was recovered, the highest ever reported. The Health Care Fraud Prevention & Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) works to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Their efforts and other approaches are being expanded using tools authorized by the Affordable Care Act.