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.
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.
James Durkin had operated two businesses in Boynton Beach.
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.
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.