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Handful Of Connecticut Prescribers Responsible For Large Share Of Opioids

November 15, 2016
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Handful Of Connecticut Prescribers Responsible For Large Share Of Opioids

By Lisa Chedekel Ten Connecticut prescribers, including a Derby nurse who is at the center of a federal kickback probe, were responsible for more than 23 percent of the state’s Medicare spending on opioids in 2014, suggesting that the largest share of those prescriptions is concentrated among a small number of clinicians. Recently released...

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment Brings Fewer Options, Higher Premiums In Connecticut

October 25, 2016
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Health Insurance Open Enrollment Brings Fewer Options, Higher Premiums In Connecticut

By Cara Rosner Consumers can begin shopping for 2017 health insurance through Access Health CT (AHCT) starting Nov. 1, but they will encounter fewer options and steeper prices than in previous years. Now in its fourth year, the state’s health insurance marketplace looks different than it has in the past. Most notably, it has...

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Drug Company Falsely Claimed Connecticut Patients Had Cancer, Feds Allege

October 18, 2016
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Drug Company Falsely Claimed Connecticut Patients Had Cancer, Feds Allege

By Lisa Chedekel  A former executive of Insys Therapeutics has been criminally charged for leading a special “reimbursement unit” at the company that defrauded insurers into paying for a potent opioid pain medication by falsely claiming patients had cancer and other conditions needed for pre-approval. Elizabeth Gurrieri, a former manager of reimbursement services for...

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Insys Danbury Sales Manager Charged In Kickback Scheme Involving Painkillers

October 1, 2016
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Insys Danbury Sales Manager Charged In Kickback Scheme Involving Painkillers

By Lisa Chedekel Fifteen months after a Derby nurse admitted taking drug-company kickbacks in exchange for prescribing a powerful opioid painkiller, a former district sales manager for the company was arrested Thursday on federal charges that he helped to orchestrate the kickback scheme. Jeffrey Pearlman, of Edgewood, NJ, who was district sales manager for...

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