ATAC wants to bring you Quest's new interactive map illustrates workplace urine drug test positivity by drug type for the past 10 years. Powered by data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI), you can search all 50 states for the six of the most common illicit substances: Heroin, amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, opiates, and phencyclidine (PCP.)
This innovative tool drills down to positivity percentages by 3-digit zip code and helps to depict regional, drug, and time-based positivity rate changes.
by on JUNE 9, 2017
"The report is an attack on the recovery community as a whole, treatment facilities, laboratories and sober livings", says Rich Collins, a Senior Trial Attorney at Callahan & Blaine.Read more
Providing Political, Legal Advocacy, Education and Consumer
Protection in the Field of Addiction Treatment
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:Read more
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
"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."
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.
CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE BILL WOULD PROHIBIT BC/BS PRACTICE OF SENDING PROVIDER PAYMENT TO ADDICTION TREATMENT PATIENTS
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.
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.Read more