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Inspector general urges tighter security for Medicare prescriptions
Modern Healthcare

Additional Medicare security measures are needed to cut the amount of narcotic medications issued by “invalid” prescribers, which totaled more than $20 million worth of controlled drugs in a recent year, according to a report by HHS‘ inspector general’s office (PDF).

The inspector general suggested that insurance plans covering prescription medications under Medicare’s Part D program require clinicians to include their Drug Enforcement Administration prescriber number and reject claims that do not include a valid number.