TennCare’s Top Ten List of Drug Prescribers Reduced by Three

Three of TennCare’s top 10 prescribers of commonly abused mental health and pain drugs – a physician, a physician’s assistant and an advanced practice nurse — have been blocked from filling prescriptions through the state’s health-care program for the poor and uninsured, reports The Tennessean.
In a 22-page letter and report to a U.S. senator investigating the over-prescribing of prescription drugs in the federal Medicaid program, TennCare Director Darin Gordon outlined the steps under way to cut down on fraud and abuse, including blocking the three prescribers.
“We agree that inappropriate prescribing is a serious problem that can result in patient safety concerns and increased costs to the healthcare system,” Gordon wrote in the March letter to U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. “For this reason, TennCare has invested a great deal of effort to develop a multi-faceted approach to ensure that medications are used appropriately within our program.”
The letter came in response to Grassley’s request in January for additional information on how Tennessee monitors and investigates fraud and abuse. Grassley sought answers to a dozen questions after Tennessee reported the top 10 prescribers of eight antipsychotic and pain medications.
…The three (prescribers) are not named in the letter to Grassley, but a TennCare spokeswoman released the names upon request Wednesday.
The three — a physician, a physician’s assistant and an advanced practice nurse — are all from East Tennessee. Dr. Allen R. Foster and nurse Maimoune Wright have faced disciplinary action for over-prescribing drugs, according to the Board of Medical Examiners.
Foster is serving one year in prison after being sentenced last summer for health-care fraud and failure to file tax returns. His license has been revoked. Wright is awaiting federal trial on a charge of conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs. Her license has been suspended.
Wright could not be reached for comment. Her business listing was disconnected, and her home phone number is unlisted. The physician’s assistant named by the state, Thomas Esser, has not been disciplined. His home and business numbers were disconnected

One thought on “TennCare’s Top Ten List of Drug Prescribers Reduced by Three

  1. Auth

    This data can also be used to better reinzocge prescribing trends. What products are having posotive impacts on certain disease states and how are they being prescribed (on/off label)? It can also be looked at as sort of a post market data collection to be analyzed? Many HCP’s and consumers assume these major Pharma companies, always have bad intentions , which is not factual at all. Many HCP’s go into industry for the right reasons, with the consumer’s best interest in mind! In fact, in my 8+ years in health care, approx 85% of the professionals I’ve worked with are motivated by the patient’s needs.

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