Attorney Kerry Harvey Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Article on HHS Report on Opioid Abuse

July 20, 2017
Lexington Attorney Kerry Harvey was recently quoted in the article “Health-Care Watchdog Report May Increase Focus on Opioid Abuse,” published by Bloomberg BNA.

The Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Report was released on July 13th and indicated that the risks of opioid abuse among Medicare Part D beneficiaries may signify a shift in resources. Mr. Harvey said it’s likely the OIG will devote more resources to the opioid crisis, following a trend started at the Department of Justice several years ago.

He also said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services can play a pivotal role in fighting opioid abuse. The CMS sets the conditions of participation for Medicare and Medicaid, which pay for a large portion of the opioids prescribed across the country, Mr. Harvey said.

“This gives CMS a highly effective tool to drive good, common sense prescribing practices, which is a necessary component to solving the opioid crisis,” Mr. Harvey said.

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