New California Law Aims to Cut Down on “Doctor Shopping”
October 14, 2016 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care
To cut down on so-called doctor shopping, a new California law will require healthcare providers to check a database of patients' prescription drug histories before prescribing narcotics, steroids, sleep aids, and psychiatric drugs, according to a September 27, 2016, article on NBCBayArea.com. "Doctor shopping" occurs when addicts visit multiple physicians to obtain otherwise illegal drugs. Doctors will also need to revisit the database every four months for as long as the drug regimen is continued. More than 165,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose between 1999 and 2014, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited by NBC.