TennCare recipient arrested after indictment for ‘doctor shopping’

Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 11:45pm
Staff reports

A Davidson County woman was arrested last month — eight months after she was indicted — on claims she was “doctor shopping” for controlled substances.

Authorities said Jacqueline D. Barber, 50, of Madison, had been eluding them since she was indicted by a Davidson County grand jury in October 2009. She was charged with two counts of TennCare fraud.

The woman allegedly used TennCare coverage to visit multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain prescriptions for a controlled substance.

Barber is accused of failing to disclose to her doctor that she had seen other physicians within a 30-day period and received a prescription for the strong painkiller Hydrocodone, with the physician office visits and/or the prescriptions being paid for by TennCare.

"The practice of ‘doctor shopping’ is simply against the law within the TennCare program, and we are enforcing that law to the fullest extent,” Inspector General Deborah Faulkner said. “Doctors, pharmacists and citizens have supported us tremendously in this effort and are helping us develop these cases.”

Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."

Barber was released from the Davidson County Jail on $1,500 bond, and is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 23.

1 Comment on this post:

By: house_of_pain on 9/1/10 at 6:02

Shouldn't the headline start with "Former TennCare recipient..."?
Please tell me she's no longer eligible for the program.