By HANS DUVEFELT
Nearly day by day I catch a suspicious fax needing my signature. Typically it’s an out of state vendor who desires my permission to offer a again brace for a diabetic affected person, a steady blood glucose monitor for a non-diabetic or a compounded (customized made) ointment of some kind that is senseless from what I do know of that affected person’s historical past.
Typically, I get a fax showing to be from Walgreens, simply asking me to signal and certify that so-and-so is below my care. These faxes have Walgreen’s brand, my affected person’s right tackle and my very own DEA and NPI numbers already printed. The issue is that 90% of my sufferers don’t use Walgreens 20 miles north or south of my clinic, however the native Rexall pharmacy. As soon as, I referred to as the cellphone quantity on the fax and it simply rang and rang.
I’m satisfied that his is simply a bootleg solution to gather doctor signatures, so the scammers gained’t even need to get my signature on one kind at a time. This fashion it’s like they’ve received their very own rubber stamp to make use of time and again.
I think these scams are profitable usually sufficient to be fairly worthwhile. I do know this as a result of I generally signal these varieties virtually mechanically earlier than I catch myself and toss them within the shred field below my desk.
One of many many soiled little secrets and techniques in drugs is that docs get so many papers to signal that there’s truly no manner we may learn all of them earlier than scribbling our signature if we nonetheless need to see sufferers, meet clinic income projections and match our personal productiveness quotas.
I used to joke that the one form of paper in my clinic I didn’t need to signal was the bathroom paper. Regardless of our computer systems, we get extra papers than ever earlier than to signal. That is in all probability as a result of all people else, like the house well being companies, use their computer systems to generate increasingly pages that require our signature.
The actually disturbing factor about these scams is that these distributors are billing Medicare for issues harried or in any other case inattentive docs unwittingly “order”. The truth that they will invoice Medicare implies that they’re by some means credentialed to take action.
It should subsequently be manner too simple to qualify for a spot on the Medicare cash trough.
Hans Duvefelt is a Swedish-born rural Household Doctor in Maine. This submit initially appeared on his weblog, A Nation Physician Writes, right here.
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