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Novus Medical Detox Predicts Taxpayer-Paid Drug Abuse Amid Medicare Fraud, Urges Federal Regulations
Date:8/6/2013

New Port Richey, FL (PRWEB) August 06, 2013

The effects of prescription drugs have yet again extended its reach and are seemingly impacting Medicare – federal health officials said they will ban certain types of Medicare and Medicaid providers in three high-fraud cities from enrolling in the taxpayer-funded programs for the poor as part of an effort to fraud (1). Novus Medical Detox Center, one of the only Florida-based detox centers serving high-dosage prescription drug abuse patients across the U.S., urges Federal regulators to enforce stricter prescription drug regulations as limiting the current ease of obtaining prescription drugs is a key factor in stemming the growth of prescription drug abuse (2).

“Medicare fraud” has undoubtedly caused concerns about its effect on the progression of prescription drug abuse – the concerns mainly hinge on the practices of unauthorized prescribers as detailed by a recent Department of Health and Human Services report (3):

•In 2009, dieticians and nutritionists prescribed over 20,000 prescriptions to 731 individuals, totaling $1,684,988 in Medicare payments;
•Audiologists (hearing specialists) prescribed over 16,000 prescriptions totaling $1,085,699;
•Massage Therapists issued over 12,000 prescriptions totaling $798,991.

Novus Executive Director Kent Runyon asserts firmer criteria regarding how the public obtains prescription pills are critical in stemming Medicare fraud and also combating the rise of prescription drug abuse. Runyon proposes that Medicare regulators first verify that a provider has authority to prescribe drugs before using Medicare funds to pay for them.

“What is needed is oversight – prescription drugs are potentially dangerous and addictive substances that should be contro
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