Los Angeles, CA – Fake drug rehab programs are costing California hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent medical claims and preparing patients with real dependence for failure. Musa treatment, a alcohol and drug rehabilitation program with facilities throughout the Los Angeles area, it is offering advice to help people avoid fraud and find legitimate treatment for addictions.
Fake drug rehab programs use vulnerable people to help them carry out their schemes. In one important example, jointly discovered by the Center for Investigative Reporting and CNN, California’s Medicaid program paid $ 94 million to 56 programs that appeared to be using fraudulent billing procedures. In another, the California Department of Health Services announced an investigation of 16 substance abuse treatment centers that were suspected of hiring service providers who have crimes on their records.
These centers victimize the people who are actually in the service. The programs are set up only to charge Medicaid and private insurance for services they do not provide, so legitimate patients can spend time and money without receiving any real treatment.
To help protect people in need of treatment, Muse offers these tips for detecting drug rehab schemes and finding a quality program.
A minimal website. It has only a few pages, with no details of the programs offered. There can be only one or two programs.
Few treatment options. Detox is the main program and not much else is offered. Detoxification is important, but it must be followed by continuous care.
Short-term programs. A legitimate treatment program will be offered on a long-term basis because long-term sobriety is a long-term process. If the program lasts only a few days, it is a sign that the center is simply enrolling people to charge insurance companies.
Guaranteed recovery. No real program can promise that. A legitimate center will alert you that relapse is common.
No staff on site. This is a sign that the “treatment” unit has just been configured to have a physical address for the fraudulent program.
Only outpatient treatment is offered. This does not automatically mean that the program is fraudulent, but you should be skeptical and ask questions if residential care is not available. It may be another indication that the program exists only in the name.
What to look for in quality rehabilitation. Accreditation: Seek approval from an independent agency that certifies quality service. Muse Treatment, for example, has the highest standard: the gold seal of approval from the Joint Commission International, the world’s leading healthcare accreditation group.
Wide range of services: The program offers a variety of treatment programs for various substance use disorders, with options in a personalized program. This should be explained on the program’s website and other promotional materials.
Treatment of concomitant mental disorders: program caregivers understand that substance abuse may be rooted in underlying mental or emotional disorders and psychological trauma. Substance use disorder can be more of a symptom than a primary disorder itself. The program must provide treatment that supports a double diagnosis, for a true recovery.
Individualized treatment programs: Each addiction experience is different. A quality program understands this and personalizes your treatment according to the individual needs of the patient.
Positive online reviews of former patients: Google the name of the center and “reviews”. You should find many positive and complementary comments. Comments should include specific details and should not sound as if they are all written by the same person.
Muse Addiction Treatment Center offers comprehensive detox and rehabilitation treatment, including follow-up care, for all substance use disorders. Residential and outpatient treatment are available. For information on how to find personalized high quality anti-addiction treatment for you or a loved one, call 800-426-1818 or go to www.musetreatment.com
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1251 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024