Time to tighten up, “brokering” in the rehab biz

shutterstock_474370996The below article is a perfect example of why AARG spends so much time educating our clients on the processes of substance abuse treatment. With so many young Americans needing help it has created a hot bed for unethical individuals who are looking to make quick money off of sick people. When it is put that way it somewhat sounds like what our health insurance industry is all about, but we will save that rant for another post. Individuals need to arm themselves with accurate information so they can make their own decisions on how to get the help they need. Often it is the family members of addicts we are speaking to.  Don’t get caught in the middle of a “rehab salesman’s” money making scheme. The story’s we have come across in our line of work will blow your mind. I know it did ours when we first heard them. Here is one treatment broker horror story:

“Treatment Broker” we will call them gets addicts to obtain insurance through Affordable Healthcare Act. The treatment broker has deals setup with facilities to pay upwards of $5000 to get a person admitted to that center. The addict arrives to treatment and goes through the motions of getting sober for a week or so. The addict then relapses, having had no desire to get clean in the first place. He will be out using for any length of time sometimes funded by the broker where he then goes through the broker to admit elsewhere and create the cycle all over again.

This scenario is even enhanced if they obtain  insurance which pays the patient directly.  (certain insurance company’s pay the patient instead of the provider for services) Then the individual attends treatment and leaves after a week or two knowing that the provider money will be sent directly to him/her in their name to the address on their insurance. Sure enough within a month or so large checks begin arriving to the address listed. They will get high off the money for a while and then check into another center and do it all over again. Essentially creating a “job” out of attending rehab.

This below article doesn’t describe a scenario as extreme as the one we just listed but it gives an idea that there are rampant unethical boundaries being crossed daily at the expense of addicts. Consumers need to educate themselves on what works and what to watch out for and that is what AARG is here to help with.

Patient Brokering Between Drug Rehabs

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