An 11Alive Investigation uncovered a surge in drug tests paid for with Georgia Medicaid funds, highlighting an industry some believe takes advantage of unnecessary expensive tests and vulnerable patients trying to get sober. The Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) pays the drug testing for patients covered under Medicaid.
A Houston lab had tested her urine sample for a constellation of legal and illicit drugs, many of which, Moreno said, she had never heard of, let alone taken. “I was totally confused. I didn’t know how I was going to pay this,” said Moreno, 30, who is finishing a degree in education at Texas State University in San Marcos and is pregnant with twins.
One of the nation’s biggest insurers, UnitedHealthcare, has sued a Dallas-based laboratory network, alleging the owners paid millions in bribes and kickbacks to doctors and other providers between 2011 and 2016 for overpriced and unnecessary drug and genetic tests. Next Health’s sales consultants gave people $50 gift cards to urinate in cups at Whataburger bathrooms, the lawsuit says.
Patients may need urine drug screening tests for a variety of reasons including monitoring of their pain medication regimen or simply as a screening tool to look for the presence of drugs. It’s important to understand the types of drug screens and why one would need them prior to investigating any issues involving these tests.
At its annual conference in Orlando on Tuesday, the Florida Association of Recovery Residences recognized Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, for her efforts in the passage of HB 21 – which establishes a voluntary certification program for sober homes. After six years of trying to regulate the booming billion-dollar rehab industry, Harrell, along with Sen.
The only “Obamacare” health insurer in metro Phoenix and Pima County is ensnared in a legal dispute with several addiction treatment centers over the cost of care amid an Arizona opioid epidemic that is taking an average of two lives each day.
Eric Snyder, owner and operator of a Delray Beach drug treatment center and sober home raided by the FBI in December 2014, has been arrested and charged with fraudulently billing insurance companies for $58.2 million over nearly five years, according to court records.