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Resource ID: #27183
Subject: Hospitals
Source: Connecticut Health Investigative Team
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Date: 2/19/2015

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Tunneling through reams of newly-released national prescriber data in January 2015, C-HIT senior writer Lisa Chedekel came across a tiny bit of information that is fundamentally changing how Connecticut views pain treatment. Lisa found an odd nugget that lead to a flood of stories: an advanced practice registered nurse working out of a clinic in tiny Derby, Connecticut was among the nation's top 10 prescribers of the most potent pain killers in the Medicare drug program. The ARPN, Heather Alfonso, wrote more than 8,700 prescriptions for opioids and other Schedule II drugs in 2012 - far more than any pain specialists or doctor.

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