Toothaches, back pain, migraine headaches. Dr. Corey Slovis has seen people fake all kinds of illnesses to try to get narcotics from the emergency room.
"You'd be amazed at the things people do to get their drugs," said Slovis, chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. "There are people who spend a large amount of their time going from ER to ER and from doctor's office to doctor's office trying to get narcotics to use or sell."
The practice is known as "doctor shopping." And in the past, there was no easy way for healthcare providers to deter it, except turn people away. Emergency rooms don't even have that luxury because by law they must evaluate everyone who comes for treatment.
However, a new state law that went into effect June 18 makes it a felony to doctor shopat least for the people enrolled in TennCare. FULL STORY