Medicare Part D

Yu-Jung Wei, an assistant professor in the UF College of Pharmacy, led a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association that questions the accuracy of CMS’ criteria for flagging patients at risk of opioid abuse and overdose.
Courtesy of the University of Florida

A new study by University of Florida researchers questions the accuracy of the criteria used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to identify patients at risk of opioid abuse and overdose. 

Pharmacy Technician amongst two shelves of prescription pills.
Daylina Miller/Health News Florida

The federal government is changing rules about how it helps with treatment for substance-abuse disorders, including requiring screening new Medicare beneficiaries for opioid abuse.

medicare.gov

Open enrollment for Medicare begins October 15 and this year there are lots of changes that will create more health care options for seniors.

Medicare Scam Fugitive Now Most Wanted

Jul 8, 2014
HHS

 A Miami man has been added to federal health officials' list of most wanted fugitives.

Sandy De La Fe was indicted last year on charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and health care fraud. Investigators say De La Fe owned a Miami pharmacy and participated in a prescription drug fraud scheme that bilked Medicare out of millions of dollars.

A Broward County man who paid HIV patients to help defraud Medicare has entered a plea deal in Tampa’s federal court, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

A once controversial drug plan for seniors is celebrating its 10th anniversary.  When then-President George W. Bush signed Medicare Part D into law, it was widely criticized, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  Today, 1.33 million Floridians participate in the plan.  

Wikipedia.org

Nearly half of Medicare beneficiaries in South Florida took a pricey brand-name pill -- Prevacid, Prilosec or Nexium -- to control stomach acid in 2010, according to a new study. At 45 percent, the popularity of these proton pump inhibitors is three times its rate in Grand Junction, Colo.