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.

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.

“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.

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.

11 charged in multimillion-dollar insurance fraud case involving surgeries on recovering addicts

11 charged in multimillion-dollar insurance fraud case involving surgeries on recovering addicts

The owner and an employee of a Fountain Valley-based treatment facility, along with five doctors and four “body brokers,” are charged in what authorities say was a scheme to fraudulently bill insurance companies for experimental, unnecessary and potentially harmful surgeries on recovering addicts.

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