Playa Del Rey Woman Wins Attorneys' Fees From Passages Malibu In Wrongful Termination Suit

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By PATCH SOCAL (Patch Staff) - May 23, 2017

Cynthia Begazo was previously awarded $1.8 million by a jury for alleged retaliation after she reported workplace violations.

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Health Net insurer tied bonuses to dropping sick policyholders

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Read the story of when Health Net set goals and paid bonuses based in part on how many individual policyholders were dropped, avoiding paying $35.5 million in medical expenses by rescinding about 1,600 policies between 2000 and 2006.

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ATAC and Our Accomplishments

 

Providing Political, Legal Advocacy, Education and Consumer

Protection in the Field of Addiction Treatment

 

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The Addiction Treatment Advocacy Coalition advocates on behalf of substance use treatment providers, as well as those who suffer from Substance Use Disorder. The organization advocates on three fronts:

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Pay to Patient Update #2

 

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ATAC President Stampp Corbin and State Senator Steven Bradford (D-35th District) in the halls of the State Capital in Sacramento

 

 

 

In the past 6 years, to balance the State budget, California has slashed spending for social services, health, education, state parks, state worker compensation, as well as prison and court programs. Additional tax revenues would have made a difference. 

Stampp Corbin, President of the Addiction Treatment Advocacy Coalition (“ATAC”), is known for his ability to crunch numbers. An in-depth analysis by Corbin reveals that at least $100 million a year in tax revenues has been lost to California since 2011 because health plans adopted a new national “pay-to- patient” policy for out-of- network providers.

 

Here is the article I just wrote for the latest edition of RecoveryView

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Small Rehab Forced to Close Due to Pervasive Insurance Fraud

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"Tom Horvath, Ph.D., had two small residential treatment programs in California: one had six beds and one had four. The programs, called Practical Recovery, required abstinence while patients were there (Horvath is also president of Smart Recovery, which has mutual support groups around the country in which participants are not required to be abstinent). Charges ranged from $42,000 a month to $54,000 a month. 'We had a number of clients who paid cash to do that,' he told ADAW last month. 'But we weren’t in a mansion, like in Malibu, and a lot of folks are more interested in a man- sion than in treatment.' So Practical Recovery used out-of-network insurance policies as much as possible."

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UPDATE: Blue Cross Checks to Addiction Treatment Patients

We have learned that earlier this week the Chairman of the Senate Health Committee pulled from SB 636 the language that would prohibit the Blues from sending checks to addiction treatment patients. There was apparently opposition from Anthem (of course). The hearing is on Wednesday.   Please call your State Senator before the hearing and tell him/her as a constituent you support SB 636 but want provision 10133.75. (a) put back in, or Senator Bradford given time to meet with stake holders and come up with new language acceptable to all. Every additional phone call make a difference, and it does not matter if you are a facility owner, or a licensed clinician or a registered worker.  I don't know how long it will take to get this before the legislature again.

 

 

 

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Vox: How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever

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How the opioid epidemic became America’s worst drug crisis ever, in 15 maps and charts

Vox: "America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis everDrug overdoses now kill more Americans than HIV/AIDS did at its peak. These maps and charts tell the story."

 

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CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE BILL WOULD PROHIBIT BC/BS PRACTICE OF SENDING PROVIDER PAYMENT TO ADDICTION TREATMENT PATIENTS

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The Blues call it “Pay to Patient.”  Since August 2011 it has been an Anthem and BC/BS national policy to reject Assignments of Benefit and send payment due out-of-network providers directly to the patients, even when the patient had not pre-paid the provider.  

 

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Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas


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Via Washington Post: President Trump plans to unveil a new White House office on Monday with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.

 

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Today's Vote on Trumpcare

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As you may know, the American Health Care Act (Trumpcare) is being voted on today. In it's current form, Essential Health Benefits would "sunset" and not be required by health plans beginning December 31, 2019.

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