Any of y'all that dispense controls, if you find that your patient is doctor-hopping or seeking from multiple entities, do you report them?
The reason I ask...we had one not long ago that was dismissed from our clinic for seeing multiple providers for pain meds (Oxycodone and Percs, specifically). He called and informed us that he had been in touch with the Board (my favorite ploy), and had spoken with a 'caseworker' (they only have investigators) who told him that we were required to give him Roxy to compensate for his being dismissed.
The Public Health website was down that day, but the next day we were able to look him up and found that he was seeing even more docs that we originally thought. Doc had me call the Board to ask if he had indeed contacted them. He had not, but the investigator told me an interesting tidbit...doc hopping or 'accession of a controlled substance by fraud, omission of information, etc." is a Class C felony, punishable by 2-10 years in prison!
The nice man also asked if he had commercial or government insurance. I answered with the latter, and he suggested I call them to apprise them of what they were paying for. Doc agreed, and I was surprised to find out that government insurance companies take a pretty dim view on fraud.
So, my question...do you report this type thing? I had no idea it was as serious as all that, but it certainly gives me a new twist when counseling my patients who like to share their goodies with others (or partake of others' shared goodies).
Thanks for the thoughts.