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Tamper proof medical prescriptions

Document Security Systems : 20 September, 2007  (New Product)
Tamper proof prescription forms to be developed for Boise Cascade in line with new US law to prevent prescription counterfeiting.
Document Security Systems has announced that Boise Cascade has selected DMC to develop new secure, tamper-proof Medicaid prescription paper for prescription pads and related paperwork. The offering exceeds standards recently set forth in Medicaid legislation regarding paper-based anti-copy/anti-scan security features required in Medicaid papers starting in October 2007. DMC will work to provide anti-counterfeiting technology enhancements to its current security paper product, which is sold through Boise Cascade under the brand name, Boise Beware.

On May 25th, 2007, legislation HR 2206 was signed, requiring that states do not pay pharmacies for prescriptions submitted after October 1, 2007 that do not have at least one of three characteristics designed to prevent fraud and abuse through the reproduction and/or modification of prescriptions. Those characteristics, according to a directive from the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, dated August 17, 2007, are:.

* One or more industry-recognised features designed to prevent unauthorised copying of a completed or blank prescription form.
* One or more industry-recognised features designed to prevent the erasure or modification of information written on the prescription by the provider.
* One or more industry-recognised features designed to prevent the use of counterfeit prescription forms.

Further, by October 1, 2008, all three anti-counterfeiting characteristics must be embedded in all Medicaid papers. “Healthcare document fraud is a growing problem, with government agencies prosecuting more than $20 billion in Medicare and Medicaid fraud in 2004,” said Geo Plumberg, Product Manager, Converting Papers, of Boise Cascade. “As a leader in specialty papers, we have ensured that Boise Beware meets current standards for Federal compliance. We have a long history of working with Document Security Systems and trust its leading anti-counterfeiting technologies, which have proven to be the healthcare industry’s most effective defense against counterfeiting and fraud. We are currently evaluating a number of DMC security technologies to determine the best solution for the third tier of embedded Optical Variable Technology (OVT) on our Boise Beware security paper. As part of our commitment to meeting and exceeding these requirements, we are eager to work with physicians, health plans and hospitals and Document Security Systems to deliver proven, state-of-the-art technology long before the next deadline in October 2008, and help prevent dangerous fraud and abuse of prescription drugs.”

Peter Ettinger, President of Document Security Systems said, “This legislation will save lives and reduce fraud-related taxpayer expenses and Boise Cascade sees the benefits of immediate compliance as have its customers as DMC have recently seen an increase in these types of paper orders. Clearly counterfeiting is a huge crisis in the healthcare industry, and Boise is proactively attacking this problem. Together, Document Security Systems and Boise Cascade are delivering the most advanced technology available, proven to make it virtually impossible to reproduce or alter prescriptions, significantly limiting a person’s ability to increase the quantity or obtain multiple fills of a single prescription.”
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