One important treatment tool is the use of urine testing to determine what and how much of a substance that a new client is using. Clients are often baseline tested when they come into treatment and then are tested at defined intervals to ensure they are remaining abstinent.
This is a normal practice for a treatment center, but some treatment centers turn UA testing into a profit center. This article tells a lot about it. Basically the treatment centers then bill out their UA tests (both locally done and lab confirmations) to insurance at a very high rate and will often do daily UA testing and then bill up to $1,000 per day for such tests.
There are even instances where a toxicology lab might own a treatment center and this creates dual motive to defraud insurance companies. Even SOBER HOMES are trying to get in on the scam!
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- Substance Abuse Treatment Center Owner Pleads Guilty to $57 Million Money Laundering Conspiracy…
- The Liquid Gold Rush
- A $17,850 Urine Test?
- UnitedHealthcare accuses Dallas labs of $100 million fraud involving kickbacks for bogus drug tests