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  • Anonymous

    When are they going to investigate Nutting?

  • Anonymous

    This is where the biggest dollar amounts can be found from the fraud that occurs in Maine Care !

  • Anonymous

    Driving yet another company from staying and doing business in Maine.

  • Anonymous

    This article is so vague, it’s difficult to determine if this is actually fraud. Walgreens has an electronic signature capture system which *all* patients picking up scripts are required to sign, in order to bypass HIPPA and OBRA-90 regulations mandating an offer for pharmacist counseling. This is required by federal and state law. I find it hard to believe Walgreens, a big-box store identical to every other Walgreens in the nation, has no record of these electronic signatures. Either way, I don’t see why signatures are required for MaineCare if Walgreens is filling legitimate prescriptions for patients with MaineCare and there are records of these fills. Furthermore, I find it hard to believe Walgreens “unjustly profited” from these scripts. Pharmacies usually lose money on Medicaid scripts because customers can waive their $3 copays and Medicare often doesn’t pay enough for medications to break even. Pharmacies profit off private insurance company reimbursement [Anthem, Cigna, etc], not state insurance [MaineCare]. 

    • Guest

      You ask a lot of pertinent questions, MadFerret9. There simply isn’t enough detail in this story to ascertain exactly what Walgreens did wrong. Incidentally, Walgreens opened their first Maine store (North Windham) in 2007, so the timeline in the story would suggest that they were non-compliant from the outset until they halted their improper practices in 2010. Why did it take the regulators three years or more to inform Walgreens that they weren’t following the correct procedure?

  • Guest

    Ain’t Nutting wrong with this article. Too bad it doesn’t go further…. like into the Maine House.

    • Anonymous

      Oh Boo hoo there is fraud and abuse in the system quick someone blame the Gov!!!!

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