Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This is a good thing

Mary: "Dr. Grumpy's office, this is Mary."

Miss Poppy: "Hi, I need to make an appointment with Dr. Grumpy."

Mary: "Okay, we can see you..."

Miss Poppy: "Wait, first, I need to know if you guys are connected to that big database where you can see which of your patients are getting narcotics from other doctors and when and how many and all that stuff."

Mary: "You mean the state monitoring program? Yes, we are."

Miss Poppy: "Never mind."

click

14 comments:

ER's Mom said...

GREAT thing.
Another near miss!

Packer said...

If she looked at Angies list, I think she could find what she is looking for with very good results. Just musing.

bobbie said...

Great name! Another 'save'...

ndenunz said...

She seems like one smart cookie.

Don said...

That was a close one. That State Monitoring program is really paying off

Anonymous said...

Every MA or medical office staff member should respond as Mary did. Good for her for doing her part in curtailing the doctor-shopping, prescription-drug-abusing problem.

Liza said...

I don't see how this is even funny. This is just more of Big Brother watching you. Why is it that Ed Snowden becomes a hero for disclosing the govt is spying on us, while at the same time people think these monitoring programs are fine and dandy? Apparently my prescriptions are no longer confidential between me, my pharmacist, and my doctor.

Anonymous said...

Liza, not if you're going from doctor to doctor to doctor looking for narcotics that are abused or sold on the street. Only certain drugs are monitored. Nobody cares about birth control, ED treatments, cholesterol pills, anxiety meds, etc.

Anonymous said...

Liza, if someone is doctor and hospital hopping to obtain as many different prescription opioids to either feed an addiction or stockpile to sell for their own personal profit, they're breaking the law, deserve to be caught, and should be stopped and held accountable for unlawful actions. This has nothing to do with NORMAL and ROUTINE regular use of medication.

But if your last name is Poppy, then I can see how you'd be upset...

Anonymous said...

Apparently the word is out on the street.

Jennifer Rollo said...

doctors and be on the same roads my kids are on.

As other people have said, the only medications being monitored are controlled substances. If you are seeing only one doctor and using only one pharmacy then your name would never be flagged as suspicious.

RehabRN said...

Grumpy:

Love it! My friends in the SU don't get as many shoppers as they used to anymore.

I told them it's too bad we can't film the acting that occurs before the MD tells them, "Well I see this percocet prescription with Dr. X., the vicodin prescription with Dr. Y..." and what their faces look like after they hear the news.

Dumb, de, dumb, dumb dumb...

Anonymous said...

WINNING!

Dodged another train wreck.

Probably off scrounging for Heroin next.

SkullCandy

tbunni said...

Liza, this has always been done informally by pharmacists. Then HIPAA came along and made it illegal. A couple of years down the road of patients bouncing from doctor to doctor, and ER to ER, getting all kinds of pills and they realized the pharmacists had been right all along. So now they have a database of controlled substance Rx's. Of course, I have no idea how a yak herder's office has access to it....

 
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