Looking for more “deep pockets” ?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobacco_Master_Settlement_Agreement AG-elect Healey weighs targeting drug companies http://wwlp.com/2014/12/30/ag-elect-healey-weighs-targeting-drug-companies/ BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General-elect Maura Healey says she would consider taking legal action against pharmaceutical companies to help rein in prescription drug abuse that can lead to heroin addiction. In an interview with The Associated Press, Healey pointed to a lawsuit brought by Kentucky against Purdue […]

Off to a shaky start ?

Walgreens cuts ties with two ACOs http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/walgreens-dumps-two-acos-over-costs-poor-benchmarks Just two years after Walgreens launched three partnerships as part of the Medicare Shared Savings Program — offering providers medication management, data and a retail experience for their patients — the chain is ending its partnership with two of them: The Advocare Well Network and the Scott & […]

Somedays it is hard to tell the crooks from the crooks ?

video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Salem police officer pleads guilty to bribery charge, admits trading fake legal favors for sex http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/roanoke/salem-police-officer-pleads-guilty-to-bribery-charge/30257718

Another “meaningful message” from Uncle Sam ?

A parody of a Taylor Swift song spreads a meaningful message. Did anyone know that we had a National Institute on Drug Abuse http://www.drugabuse.gov/  

Inside the bureaucratic “mind set ” ?

State workgroup seeks to curb prescription-drug deaths http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2014/12/31/state-workgroup-seeks-to-curb-prescription-drug.html California state agencies are combining resources to prevent deaths and injuries from prescription painkiller misuse and overdose — and to alert health care providers, pharmacists and the public to the epidemic. A prescription opioid misuse and overdose prevention workgroup was formed last spring. The goal is to […]

Guest Post from: Christine Hoffman

This is in reference to Dr. Mark Ibsen I hope and pray that you will be able to remain a licensed physician in Montana. You treated my mother in the ER several times, and you did so with wisdom, caring, and compassion. And you were one of the only ones kind enough to listen to […]

Guest Post by Mark S Ibsen MD

We got a refugee problem- right here in the good ol USA. Mike teared up. He said “the thing I love about you Mark is that you’ll see anybody won’t you?” My eyes got wide, and I said “of course-what else would I do”? Mike was referring to the 22 “narcotic refugees” that I began […]

This judge believed CVS’ credentialing tracking process doesn’t work ?

CVS Pharmacists Lose Class Cert. Bid In OT Suit   Law360, New York (December 10, 2014, 12:18 PM ET) — A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to certify a class of more than 5,000 CVS Caremark Corp. pharmacists alleging the retailer forced them to work unpaid overtime to fill prescriptions, ruling a CVS software […]

We bureaucrats are experts on EVERYTHING ?

I think that we can put the state of GEORGIA under the NANNY STATE column It would appear that any non-terminal chronic pain pts in GEORGIA need to be evaluated for addiction…. if they are taking opiates for 90 days or more…  Does that sound like they have determined that anyone taking opiates more than […]

We have no concerns about collateral damage ?

State police investigating Fowler death http://www.jconline.com/story/news/2014/12/30/dead-fowler-woman/21052131/ Indiana State Police is investigating the death of a Fowler woman. Lori A Krick, 41, was found dead inside her home in the 1600 block of South Benton County Road 242 East on Friday. A neighbor who frequently assisted Krick discovered her body about 2:15 p.m. and called the […]