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Some rural hospitals used for big insurance reimbursements – and profit

Some rural hospitals used for big insurance reimbursements – and profit

Some rural hospitals are being used to set up big paydays from insurance providers, raising questions about how insurance claims are reimbursed. Since 2010, 83 struggling rural hospitals have closed, and as many as 700 others are at risk of closing in the next decade.

Substance Abuse Treatment Center Owner Pleads Guilty to $57 Million Money Laundering Conspiracy…

Substance Abuse Treatment Center Owner Pleads Guilty to $57 Million Money Laundering Conspiracy in Connection with Hospital Pass-Through Billing Scheme

The owner of a Jacksonville, Florida-area substance abuse treatment center pleaded guilty today for his role in a $57 million money laundering conspiracy associated with a pass-through billing scheme involving laboratory testing services. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S.

We got a nod! – Relapse for Cash: How Patient Brokers and Unscrupulous Rehabs Prey on Addicts Looking for Help

Relapse for Cash: How Patient Brokers and Unscrupulous Rehabs Prey on Addicts Looking for Help | The Fix

If you think patient brokering, also known as “body brokering,” is just about “professionals” getting kickbacks for referring a client to a certain rehab, you are wrong. It’s much more complicated and sinister than that.

The Predatory Malibu Rehab Guru who Ripped off Obamacare

The Predatory Malibu Rehab Guru Who Ripped Off Obamacare

He’s a convicted sexual predator who targeted women in his care. Soon he’ll be tried for an alleged $176 million insurance fraud. He’s an exceptionally bad person, but as a businessman he was fairly typical of rehab operators in America’s $42 billion-a-year treatment industry. His name is Christopher Bathum.

NAATP Releases Treatment Provider Guidebook

NAATP Releases Treatment Provider Guidebook

The National Association is pleased to release the NAATP Addiction Treatment Provider Quality Assurance Guidebook: A Guide to the Core Competencies for the Delivery of Addiction Treatment Services (The Guidebook). The Guidebook identifies, describes, and provides implementation strategy for the core competencies of addiction treatment program operation, thereby empowering addiction treatment providers with clear direction for the proficient and ethical delivery of addiction treatment services.

First person found guilty of patient brokering sentenced to 3 years

First person found guilty of patient brokering sentenced to 3 years

Nicholas Cirio, the first person to be convicted by a jury for patient brokering in Palm Beach County, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Cheryl Caracuzzo. WEST PALM BEACH – The first person to go to trial and be convicted by a jury of patient brokering in Palm Beach County was sentenced to nearly three years in prison Monday morning.

Bucks drug rehab fraud made millions off patients’ relapses, Pa. attorney general charges

Bucks drug rehab fraud made millions off patients’ relapses, Pa. attorney general charges

The cofounder of a Bucks County drug treatment company and 10 others have been charged in a wide-ranging fraud scheme that, state officials say, trapped patients suffering from drug and alcohol addiction in a cycle of ineffective treatments and near-inevitable relapse – all as the company made tens of millions of dollars off insurance reimbursements and kickbacks.

“Mom, When They Look at Me, They See Dollar Signs”

A disturbing new phase of the opioid crisis: How rehab recruiters are luring recovering addicts into a deadly cycle

The offer was too good to resist: Go to rehab for a week, get $1,000 in cash. It was early 2017, and Brianne, a 20-year-old from a woody Atlanta suburb, had come to South Florida to leave her heroin addiction behind.

A look at South Floridians charged in health care fraud, opioid crackdown

A look at South Floridians charged in health care fraud, opioid crackdown

Authorities charge 601 people in health care fraud, opioid crackdown. Federal authorities call it the largest health care fraud crackdown in history. Among the people charged are 165 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals. Authorities charge 601 people in health care fraud, opioid crackdown.

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