Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Using rehab to committ health care fraud

From my cases, I've noticed there is a greater amount of fraud with vulnerable patient populations (e.g., elderly, poor, immigrant) compared with populations which are in relatively decent condition.   This story by Dr. Stefan Kruszewski, M.D., bears out my experience.  Below is an excerpt.  Click here for the full story.
In my specialty as an addiction  psychiatrist, I have often advocated for residential treatment when unremitting drug and alcohol problems persist because other, less intensive, services have failed. That may soon change.  Over the past two years, I’ve witnessed a worrisome trend: the medicalization of addictions. Some of this makes no sense to me. Let me explain . . . .

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