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Program to curb ‘doctor-shopping’ for drugs launches next week — but already there’s trouble
Sacramento Business Journal

A new system to prevent patients in California from obtaining overlapping drug prescriptions from multiple doctors is scheduled to launch July 1, but providers say it has problems.

The Controlled Substances Utilization Review and Evaluation System — better know as CURES — provides a database to help providers identify patients who are “doctor-shopping” for drugs.

State staffing and support for the initial program were decimated by budget cuts during the recession. The system, which is run by the California Department of Justice, was hard to use, the data old. Legislation signed into law in 2013 levied a $6 fee on provider licenses to generate money to modernize and staff the program.