Excerpt: “According to these [media] reports, patient brokers target individuals with substance use disorders, as well as their loved ones, and push them to seek treatment at certain outpatient treatment facilities and to live at affiliated ‘sober living homes’ while undergoing treatment. In exchange for steering patients towards said facilities or sober living homes, patient brokers receive generous financial kickbacks. …It has also been reported that some treatment facilities bill private insurance at higher out-of-network rates that can easily total more than $10,000 a week. Reports indicate that the facilities not only bill for treatment, but some also bill insurers several times per week, per patient for unnecessary urine tests that can cost up to several thousand dollars per test.”
To read a copy of the letter to Mr. Thomas J. Betlach, Director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AZ), click here.
To read a copy of the letter to Dr. Karen Baylor, PhD, Deputy Director, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders, Department of Health Care Services (CA), click here.
To read a copy of the letter to Dr. Robert Werthwein, Director, Office of Behavioral Health, Colorado Department of Human Services (CO), click here.
To read a copy of the letter to Ms. Ute Gazioch, Director, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Florida Department of Children and Families (FL), click here.
To read a copy of the letter to Ms. Allison Bauer, Director, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MA), click here.
To read a copy of the letter to Ms. Jennifer Smith, Acting Secretary, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (PA), click here.