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Kentucky and Ohio tackling fraud to keep medical insurance affordable

Author: Administrator | Aug 21 2011 | Kentucky, Ohio

Prescription monitoring systems in Kentucky and Ohio will now be linked to try to help doctors and law enforcement officers reduce health insurance fraud in order to keep medical insurance affordable. “Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting,” or KASPER, will be linked with Ohio Automated Rx Reporting System, or OARRS.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced Monday that doctors and law enforcement officers in both states will be able to access prescription drug records from each other. The monitoring systems are used to track prescriptions for such things as narcotics. The pilot project is sponsored by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance and uses a centralized server to facilitate sharing.

“I have long advocated for multi-state cooperation in fighting this scourge of prescription drug abuse, because no state is an island,” Beshear said in a statement.“… I have no doubt that improved monitoring across state lines will help to save lives.”

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services oversees KASPER.

“While KASPER provides an effective tool for health care providers and law enforcement officers in the fight against prescription drug abuse and diversion, interstate data sharing among prescription drug monitoring programs is needed,” said Health and Family Services Secretary Janie Miller. “… Having the ability to report data from other states will dramatically strengthen our ability to monitor and detect abuse.”

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- The Courier-Journal.com

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