Doctors Cash In on Drug Tests for Seniors, and Medicare Pays the Bill


Pain specialists order costly tests for illegal drugs such as cocaine and angel dust, which few seniors ever use. Medical guidelines encourage doctors who treat pain to test their patients, to make sure they are neither abusing pills nor failing to take them, possibly to sell them.

Now, some pain doctors are making more from testing than from treating. For dozens of pain doctors, Medicare payments for drug testing have eclipsed their income from treating patients, a Wall Street Journal analysis of 2012 billing data shows. The billing data for 880,000 providers were released in April after a long legal effort by the Journal.

http://online.wsj.com/articles/doctors-cash-in-on-drug-tests-for-seniors-and-medicare-pays-the-bill-1415676782?mod=WSJ_hps_sections_health

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