Dr. Weeks’ Comment: correcting the problem, whether in auto mechanics or medicine is the smartest and cheapest option. Buying new cars or prescribing synthetic drugs when things go wrong is great for those selling those items, but it is a bad deal for the consumer. How bad a deal is it? Read below.
For the solutions, see www.correctivehealth.org
RIPPING OFF THE SYSTEM: taxpayers and patients.
U.S. Senator Grassley’s initial investigation focused on Miami psychiatrist Fernando Mendez-Villamil who wrote an average of 153 prescriptions a day for 18 months ending in March 2009. His prescriptions cost tax payers $43 Million from 2004-2009. On June 21, 2010 the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration terminated its Medicaid contract with Mendez-Villamil. AHCA stated they will no longer pay for Medicaid prescriptions written by Mendez-Villamil.
A nationwide investigation ensued and newspapers around the country are now publishing stories on their own top Medicaid
prescribers. (see below)
Lincoln Journal Star
November 24, 2010
By Mark Andersen
One Lincoln psychiatrist. Six mental health medications prescribed to Medicaid patients over two years. Cost to taxpayers: $2,927,872.
Newspapers around the country have picked up on the lists of Medicaid providers requested last April by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who suggested large numbers should spark official inquiries… In May, state Medicaid Director Vivianne Chaumont reported which Nebraska Medicaid providers wrote the most prescriptions for 11 types of medications during 2008 and 2009. Six of the drugs — Abilify, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Geodon, Risperdal and Risperidone — accounted for the bulk of the costs on Nebraska’s lists.
Four Lincoln mental health providers were among the top 10 for those six drugs:
* Dr. Walter Duffy, a Lincoln psychiatrist, $2,927,872 (9,010 prescriptions), including more than $1.5 million for Abilify alone.
* Dr. Rafael Tatay, a Lincoln psychiatrist, $1,503,998 (3,998 prescriptions), including $473,700 for Abilify.
* Dr. Stephen Paden, a Lincoln psychiatrist, $587,917 (1,695 prescriptions), including $426,257 for Abilify.
* Dr. Pratap Pothuloori, a Lincoln psychiatrist, $545,487 (1,751 prescriptions), including $192,277 for Abilify.
In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Grassley cited the example of a Florida doctor who wrote 96,685 prescriptions for mental health drugs in 21 months.
“This trend is found again and again across the states,” Grassley wrote, “suggesting that top prescribers stand out not only against other providers in their state, but against the very top prescribers in those states.”
Nov 23, 2010, South Carolina, From the NBC News Political Unit
November 22, 2010, South Carolina, Charleston Post & Courier
November 22, 2010, South Carolina, Charlotte Observer
November 22, 2010, South Carolina, The State
Nov. 22, 2010 , South Carolina, The Herald
November 22, 2010, South Carolina, Sun News
November 18th, 2010, Montana, Alabama, Wisconsin and New Jersey, Pharmalot
November 17, 2010, Connecticut, Journal Inquirer
Nov 15, 2010, Indiana, Indianapolis Star
November 14, 2010 Oklahoma, The Oklahoman
November 5, 2010 Alabama, Tuscaloosa News
November 1, 2010 Connecticut, Hartford Courant
October 30, 2010 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
October 30, 2010 Arizona, Arizona Daily Star
October 28, 2010 Arizona, Arizona Daily Star
October 28, 2010 West Virginia
October 23, 2010 Minnesota, Star Tribune
October 21, 2010 Florida, El Nuevo Herald
October 21, 2010 Florida, Miami Herald
October 21, 2010 Florida, AP
December 27, 2009 Florida, St. Petersburg Times
December 18, 2009 Florida, Miami Herald
December 17, 2009 Florida, AP
December 16, 2009 Florida, Miami Herald