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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.

Part of why we’re seeing less prosecutions

Why judge’s ruling on patient brokering may up-end prosecutions

WEST PALM BEACH – Like dozens of others charged with patient brokering since prosecutors began their crackdown on Palm Beach County’s illicit drug treatment industry, James Kigar blames his legal woes on bad advice he received from an attorney.The excuse, once dismissed as idle finger-pointing, this week became a powerful tool Kigar and other treatment center operators can use to help them beat charges that they used recovering addicts to get rich.In a ruling that was praised

Kickbacks for Florida treatment center totaling nearly 250k

Sober-home task force: Kickbacks for North Palm center totaled nearly $250,000

A Tequesta-area man is accused of paying to have patients sent to Reliance Treatment Center in North Palm Beach. A Tequesta-area man is charged with paying nearly a quarter-million dollars in kickbacks for referrals to his treatment centers.

California Lawmakers Want To Crack Down On Fraud At Drug Rehab Centers.

California Lawmakers Want To Crack Down On Fraud At Drug Rehab Centers. Will It Work?

Some lawmakers are aiming to cut down on corruption at addiction-recovery facilities by changing the way insurance companies reimburse providers. There are a whole host of problems with the drug rehab industry, according to a major investigation by the Southern California News Group: No degree, medical or otherwise, is required to get a facility license; and some centers are administering subpar, and even unnecessary, care and then billing insurance companies for it in the hopes of earning high reimbursements.

Ex-PBSO deputy faces more patient brokering charges

Ex-PBSO deputy faces more patient brokering charges

Robert “Bobby” Simeone faces 25 counts of patient brokering for his ties to an unlicensed sober home on a Loxahatchee Groves horse farm. WEST PALM BEACH – A former Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy who in 2016 ran for a seat in Florida’s House is facing more patient brokering charges for his treatment center’s allegedly illegal business dealings, West Palm Beach police records show.

Cracking down on abuses

County passes registry for some drug rehab centers to crack down on abuses

In what could be a first in California, licensed addiction treatment providers will be required to register annually with the Orange County Health Care Agency – and disclose webs of related businesses, such as urine- and blood-testing labs, pharmacies, real-estate-holding companies that manage sober living homes and the like.

A Federal answer to body brokering?

The Health 202: How the opioids bill could halt exploitation of addicted Americans

Much of the 660-page opioids package President Donald Trump could sign this week aims at expanding access to treatment and limiting opportunities for people to become addicted in the first place. But a five-page provision near its end seeks to protect drug-addicted Americans from a strange and particularly egregious kind of exploitation.

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