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Medicare Beneficiaries are Selling Prescription Drugs

Medicare beneficiaries, as many as 170,000 of them, may have been doctor shopping in order to obtain multiple prescriptions of muscle relaxer and non-narcotic painkiller drugs, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit of the Medicare Part D prescription drugs plan.

Among the commonly used medications sought by the Medicare beneficiaries in question were popular drugs like oxycodone, Adderall (a form of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine), Valium (a brand of diazepam), Xanax (a brand of alprazolam), carisoprodol (sold under the brand Soma), and the non-narcotic painkiller drugs, and brands of tramadol, Ultram and Ultracet .

The audit determined that 170,000 beneficiar

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What are the “Essential” Health Benefits?

Health insurance reform was a welcomed development for many Americans, but it also raised many questions. One of the most important of these centers on the definition of an “essential health benefit.” The answer to that question is something just about everyone with any sort of a stake in health reform is anxiously waiting for.

The Affordable Care Act defines ten broad categories of essential benefits that all medical insurance providers must cover as essential health benefits. The specifics within those categories are at the discretion of the Department of Health and Human Services. This Friday the Institute of Medicine will make its recommendations, which are expected to have a strong influence on what the HHS ultim

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