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.
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.
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.