Medicare gives itself the power to ban physicians if they prescribe medications in abusive ways. The action follows a series of articles by ProPublica documenting inappropriate prescribing, waste and fraud in its popular drug program.
Two new reports from the CDC show the dangers of overprescribing narcotics and antibiotics. Is there a way for doctors and consumers to make better decisions?
When the agency that runs Medicare announced last week that it would take action against doctors who prescribe abusively in its massive drug program -- perhaps banning them -- it raised an interesting question.