Author Topic: Addiction Treatment Industry Worried Lax Ethics Could Spell Its Doom  (Read 632 times)

Offline SocialTransparency

  • High Value Target
  • Posts: 1,325

 A little of topic,but the article should be of interest.So many things within the article sound oh so familiar.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/addiction-treatment-industry-ethics_us_575f3fa5e4b0e4fe5143865c?section=

Offline mefree

  • High Value Target
  • Posts: 4,326
I remember these days:

Quote
The 1980s cycle began with the appearance of a dozen large corporations buying up small treatment centers and building dozens of new centers nationwide. There were widespread media campaigns and lots of television talk show exposure, and for the first time, famous individuals openly shared their struggles with addiction. The treatment business was off and running on a scale never seen before.

In those days, many insurance plans paid generously, and it didn’t take long for some treatment providers to over utilize and over charge for medical and clinical services. As the insurance industry caught on, its response was to implement managed care through case management in an attempt to control runaway costs. As competition for the treatment dollar became more intense, patient brokering and referral fees (to name a couple of indiscretions) appeared, and next came investigations at both the federal and state levels, followed by indictments, convictions, and prison terms for some. Many states passed laws restricting how treatment centers could conduct business. The end result was the collapse of a number of large corporations, closing hundreds of treatment centers nationwide. Sound familiar?

So true! I knew young people with rehab stays lasting 9 months who really did not need to be in treatment that long! The rehabs were milking the insurance for all they could get in those days and insurance was paying. Well, the pendulum swung the other way, for sure.

What a mess this all is, now. To be sure, there are good rehabs. But how is your average Joe supposed to know the good from the bad? Frequently, everyone is in such a panic and a hasty decision is made.

Narconon Reviews has a few tips.

You have to do your research folks. Get a referral from a professional or someone you trust.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
-Dalai Lama

Offline DeathHamster

  • Actual Trouble Source
  • Posts: 278
Quote
and next came investigations at both the federal and state levels, followed by indictments, convictions, and prison terms for some. Many states passed laws restricting how treatment centers could conduct business.
So why is Narconon still open?  ???

Offline summitbhc

  • New Around Here
  • Posts: 1
    • SummitBHC
There were also cases in which rehab facilities were planting people inside sober living homes and encouraging these people to get other residents to relapse. Afterward, they would refer this person back to the rehab or detox center. Completely unethical but the insurance companies are catching wind of it.

Offline SocialTransparency

  • High Value Target
  • Posts: 1,325
There were also cases in which rehab facilities were planting people inside sober living homes and encouraging these people to get other residents to relapse. Afterward, they would refer this person back to the rehab or detox center. Completely unethical but the insurance companies are catching wind of it.
First off,welcome to the blog. Are you perhaps affiliated with Summit Behavioral Healthcare in Ohio?

Offline mefree

  • High Value Target
  • Posts: 4,326
There were also cases in which rehab facilities were planting people inside sober living homes and encouraging these people to get other residents to relapse. Afterward, they would refer this person back to the rehab or detox center. Completely unethical but the insurance companies are catching wind of it.

 :w:e:l:c:o:m:e: summitbhc. That's a low and pathetic scam. Glad the insurance companies are catching wind of it, since sober living is less regulated than the residential rehabs.
The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
-Dalai Lama