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Oversight and Investigations (115th Congress)


Bipartisan E&C Leaders Seek Answers from State Governments on Patient Brokering Allegations

11.17.2017

WASHINGTON, DC – Bipartisan Energy and Commerce Committee members today sent a series of letters to departments of six state governments, requesting information and staff briefings on allegations of patient brokering, when men and women have been recruited often to out-of-state facilities through offers for free travel, rent, cigarettes, and even manicures. Upon arrival to the treatment facilities and sober living homes, the patients frequently find they have been deceived, and are merely pawns in a profit scheme, resulting in chronic relapses, overdoses, and even death.

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Letters to Departments of Six State Governments on Patient Brokering Allegations

11.17.2017

Excerpt: “According to these 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...

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Study: 2016 U.S. Economy Took $95B Hit from Opioid Crisis

11.17.2017

WASHINGTON, DC – In a new study, the Altarum Institute found that the opioid crisis...

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