Fraudulent treatment centers recruit addicted patients, then strand them

As the opioid crisis has escalated, the need for addiction treatment has greatly increased. Unfortunately, some treatment centers have been using the crisis to exploit addicts’ insurance reimbursements without providing needed services, the Boston Globe and STAT reported in 2017. Fraudulent treatment centers even employ “patient brokers” to recruit addicted patients from out of state with the promise of free transportation and accommodations. This patient pipeline feeds hundreds of treatment centers in Palm Beach county, known as the “Recovery Capital of America.”

SOURCE: David Armstrong and Evan Allen, The Boston Globe/STAT

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