Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Putnam Woman Charged For Doctor Shopping

A Putnam County woman is charged for the second time with TennCare "doctor shopping," or going to multiple doctors in a short period to obtain the same or similar controlled substances. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of 53-year old Anna R. Ledford, of Monterey. An indictment out of Smith County accuses her of fraudulently using TennCare to obtain a controlled substance by "doctor shopping," for seeing more than one physician in a 30-day period to get prescriptions for the painkillers Morphine and Endocet, with the physician's visit and prescriptions being paid for with TennCare benefits. Ledford was charged an additional count of TennCare fraud for using her benefits to obtain a prescription for Morphine Sulfate and concealing the fact that she planned to sale a portion of the drugs. Ledford was arrested last month after a Rutherford County grand jury indicted her for three counts of "doctor shopping." In that case, she was accused of receiving prescriptions for the strong painkillers Morphine, Oxycodone and Endocet. TennCare paid for both the physician office visits and the prescriptions.