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Patient Brokering Top 5 Legal Things Nationally

Patient Brokering is affecting drug and treatment center owners, detox center owners, sober home operators, and all addiction professionals. This hurricane hit Florida in full force and is becoming a category 5 in California with other states following soon. Florida was irresponsibly labeled by the media with the “Florida shuffle”. Now, California is being labeled the “rehab Riveria”.  California drug rehabilitation centers need to be prepared because this irresponsible journalism will deter many from attending treatment there. Florida has been experiencing this for over a year with many ethical operators closing their doors.

What is Patient Brokering for Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Centers?

Patient brokering is when individuals or companies lure in potential treatment center clients for monetary compensation. This compensation can be from $500-$5,000 per individual. Individuals with good insurance can potentially be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Patient brokering also occurs when drug rehabilitation centers lure in clients with discounts and incentives. The boots on the ground strategy of buying and selling of clients by unethical drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers are happening all across the nation.

The Florida law pertaining to patient brokering for addiction treatment centers and sober homes in under Chapter 817.505. This hurricane is directed towards patient brokers, drug dealers, prescribing doctors, and hospitals (collection of OD data). However, it has drastically affected many addiction treatment centers in South Florida. It requires them to operate quite differently facing severe penalties, felony charges, and jail time. The old “Laissez-faire” operating mentality is gone and being replaced because of abuse, irresponsibility, and the loss of many lives. The patient brokering laws passed in Florida affect the nation. All addiction professionals must be aware of the new Florida patient brokering laws as of July 1, 2017.

BHNR Educates on Ethical Business Practices Fighting Patient Brokering

This is the first time our industry we have regulations designed to get rid of the large underground network of patient brokers. The new laws are ultimately designed to address the heroin epidemic and save lives. For right now they are forced on drug rehabs in Florida and West Palm Beach. However, they are quickly spreading across the nation with California drug rehabs next. If you do not completely understand all the legislation that has come and is coming you will not be operating soon.

 

At Behavioral Health Network Resources October 27, 2016 event where we were honored to have the Riviera Beach Civil Drug Court. We raised over $400,000 worth of treatment scholarships (services not monies). At that event, we said there was a hurricane coming to South Florida. We were preparing the addiction professionals for the upcoming changes. We host addiction conferences (14 events total) educating Executives on the ethical business side of addiction. Behavioral Health Network Resources knew it was their responsibility to fight against patient brokering. To use our loud voice in the professional community, and on social media educating on these complex changes.

Patient Brokering Florida Understanding the Landscape

Early in 2017, we were attending the Sober Homes Task Force and the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition (PBCSAC) meetings. We did this to try and understand the legislative process and the changes that are coming from some of the industry’s addiction professionals. We sat quietly, listening, getting educated, and took in all the information that we could to get an understanding to educate the professional community and the Executives attending our events.

We sat in meetings and tried to get an understanding on these changes. We noticed that there are only about 40-50 organizations participating with these organizations. These organizations have formed the landscape for the legislative changes. Any organization that has not been present or decided not to participate could have helped mold the new regulated addiction treatment industry.

Educating the Behavioral Health Industry for Clarity

In our current journey, there are still areas where we are confused. The legal jargon that the laws and bills are written can be extremely difficult to understand. Trying to completely understand some areas where there are loopholes. Many of these changes affect drug rehab SEO marketing on the web and referrals to and from addiction treatment centers. We have spoken with many operators and addiction professionals. Many thought the changes would never happen. Almost all are relying on the interpretation of their legal counsel, or even worse an interpretation from their peers. We have also seen on social media the same type of reaction with many complaining, but few get involved.

Patient Brokering Laws in Florida

The current Florida law that was passed on July 1, 2017 (HB 807, SB 788) covers many different areas. Below these are broken down into simplistic terms:

Drug Rehab Marketing: Drug treatment center marketers will need to be licensed by the state’s Division of Consumer Services. Deceiving, lying, or misleading about treatment services offered, amenities and the high jacking of 800 numbers will be a first-degree misdemeanor. We have been educating centers of the 800-number high jacking using our national social media audience, and as a personality on the national Radio Raw Show.

HB 807 (SB 788) — Marketers will now have to be licensed and there are stiff penalties and fines for patient brokering. and centers will be held legally liable for deceptive marketing practices. It makes DCF the “big brother” and enforcer of the industry. You can find more information by reading “Top Five Criteria Sober Living West Palm Beach

Sponsors: Reps. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton; Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart; and Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boca Raton; and Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Atlantis.

HB 249 (SB 588) — Paramedics, emergency techs, and hospitals to collect data on overdoses and report them to the Dept. of Health. It also forces hospitals to adapt to overdose protocols.

Sponsors: Reps. Bob Rommel, R-Naples, Larry Lee Jr., D-Fort Pierce; and Sen. Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples.

HB 477 —  Directly attacks drug dealers with min. and mandatory jail time including heavy fines for dealing in fentanyl. It also gives prosecutors the option of imposing murder charges.

Sponsors: Reps. Kathleen Peters, R-St. Petersburg; and Charlie Stone, R-Ocala.

HB 557 (SB 840) — Directed towards prescribing physicians controlling the number of opioids prescribed to five days. The Prescriptions that are filled for any controlled substances must be reported in the State prescription drug monitoring database within one day.

Sponsors: Rep. Nicholas Duran, D-Miami, Rep. David Silvers, D-West Palm Beach; and Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Atlantis.

SB 886 (HB 791) — Protects individuals that have been Marchman Acted by making their court records confidential.

Sponsors: Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach; Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Boca Raton.

Criminal Penalties: Statewide you can be investigated and prosecuted for patient brokering. The prosecution could result in a felony and the fines increase with the number of patients brokered. Brokering more than 20 patients will be a first-degree felony and a whopping fine of $500,000.

Patient Brokering and DCF

DCF’s Role (Department of Children and Families): It will now cost much more to license a facility and the penalty for operating without a license is a third-degree felony with a maximum 5 years in jail. DCF significantly increased licensing fees. Operating without a license becomes a third-degree felony, carrying a maximum five-year prison sentence. DCF now has new rules including; clinical, treatment best-practices, operating standards, levels of qualifications for addiction professionals and the number of staff that will be required to operate. DCF will is also allowed to visit your center anytime without notice and inspect all of the above.

As a treatment center owner, detox center owner, sober living owner and all addiction professionals you need to completely understand the 5 bills that have passed below;

Patient Brokering Drug Rehabs in Florida Sets the Regulation Pace for the Nation

While Florida has one of the worst reputations for addiction treatment in the US, we must realize that Florida is also one of the most popular destinations for treatment and one of the nation’s largest providers of treatment. The large underground patient brokering network is national and many other states have the same issues as Florida. However, the spotlight has been on South Florida. The work that has been done, and will be done, is setting a precedent to be followed nationally. California drug rehabs are now experiencing new patient brokering laws on September 27, 2018. With the heroin epidemic killing more than 150 per day, many other states will be following soon.

We would love to hear your thoughts on the current situation on new laws affecting the heroin epidemic. Leave your comments below.

We are dedicated to educating Addiction Executives on ethical business practices nationwide, with our events attracting a national audience. Our addiction conferences EMP series events have educated Florida Executives with 14 events on ethical business and marketing solutions. These addiction conferences teach Executives, directors and outreach ethical drug rehab marketing strategies. If your organization is dedicated to ethical business practices and you want to educate your peers, we would like to speak with you about participating in our addiction conference. Our conferences have helped us build up one of the largest addiction professional audiences in the nation. These conferences have assisted us in being educated by successful thought leaders in drug rehab SEO marketing.

Addiction Professional Groups Fighting Against Patient Brokering

Facebook Addiction Professional Referral Group 19,000 Members (500 being vetted for approval). An extremely active group is an outstanding ethical resource for Addiction Professionals. This group has banned over 4,000 questionable members. CLICK HERE

LinkedIn Addiction Professional Referral Group 19,000 Members

Facebook The Business Side of Addiction and Behavioral Health 2,500 Members

Facebook South Florida Addiction Professional Connection 1,900 Members

Facebook Generation “X” Addiction Unleashed 10,000 Members

Facebook South Florida Addiction Connection 2,000 South Florida Members

Facebook Addiction Treatment Industry Top 100 6,000 Members

Facebook South Florida Connection Addiction and Behavioral Health 10,000 Members

Facebook Addiction and Behavioral Health Events 5,000 Members

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Facebook Addiction and Behavioral Health Options 2,500 Members

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Our industry is changing fast, self-regulation, unity and positive messages are needed. We felt it’s extremely important for all professionals in our industry to gain as much knowledge as possible on these drastic changes and have allowed access to the Facebook Live feed below of a key addiction conference. This event featured the sober homes task force and was key for many South Florida operators. Below you can visit the panelist portion of the event and get educated on some of the issues.

Monumental Industry Changes Conference – Sponsored by RecoveryRadio.FM

Posted by RecoveryRadio.fm on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Press Release; Governor Scott Declares Opioid Public Health Emergency

 

Here is Gov. Scott’s Press Release Declaring Statewide Public Health Emergency for Opioid Epidemic

 

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declaring a national opioid epidemic, Governor Rick Scott signed Executive Order 17-146 directing a Public Health Emergency across the state. By signing the Emergency Order, it will allow the state to immediately draw down more than $27 million in federal grant funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Opioid State Targeted Response Grant which was awarded to Florida on April 21 to provide prevention, treatment and recovery support services. Without the order, it would have taken months for the state to distribute these funds to local communities. In addition to declaring a Public Health Emergency, Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip will issue a standing order for Naloxone, an emergency treatment for opioid overdose. This will ensure first responders have immediate access to this lifesaving drug to respond to opioid overdoses.

Governor Scott said, “Today, I issued an executive order which allows the state to immediately draw down more than $27 million in federal grant funding which will immediately be distributed to communities across the state to deal with the opioid epidemic. HHS Secretary Dr. Tom Price awarded the Opioid State Targeted Response Grant to Florida and I want to thank the Trump Administration for their focus on this national epidemic. I have also directed State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip to declare a Public Health Emergency and issue a standing order for Naloxone in response to the opioid epidemic in Florida.

“Last month, I directed the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Department of Health (DOH) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) to meet with communities in Palm Beach, Manatee, Duval, and Orange Counties to identify additional strategies to fight the rising opioid usage cases in Florida. They have gotten a lot of feedback this week and we will continue to look at additional ways we can fight this national epidemic which has taken the lives of many Floridians.

“I know firsthand how heartbreaking substance abuse can be to a family because it impacted my own family growing up. The individuals struggling with drug use are sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and friends and each tragic case leaves loved ones searching for answers and praying for help. Families across our nation are fighting the opioid epidemic and Florida is going to do everything possible to help our communities.”

Attorney General Pam Bondi said, “This declaration will help strengthen our continued efforts to combat the national opioid epidemic claiming lives in Florida by providing additional funding to secure prevention, treatment and recovery support services. I want to thank Governor Rick Scott for his continued partnership in combating drug abuse in our state; from shutting down pill mills to outlawing deadly synthetic drugs, Governor Scott has long supported efforts by my office and law enforcement to raise awareness, stop drug abuse and save lives.”

See the Executive Order and Public Health Emergency here.

Behavioral health thought leaders have been attending addiction conferences to get better educated on the drug rehab marketing changes. Other government leaders have been pushing legislation fighting the epidemic reducing the gray, illegal operating areas of treatment centers and sober living facilities. Dave Aronberg, Florida State Attorney, and Al Johnson, Asst. State Attorney have put an army of law enforcement in place closing down operators who are participating in illegal patient brokering and putting many lives in danger. They have also been the driving force for tighter laws by pursuing legislation that protects those seeking treatment, and those in treatment.

These key players fighting the epidemic are making changes to industry marketing and operating regulations with House Bill 807, and 65D30. All industry Executives “Need to Know” the extreme changes that are coming, get involved now, be prepared for the changes about to occur, and get educated on ethical business practices. 

You can speak with 5 Thought Leader Addiction Panelists on the coming changes to our industry including Asst. State Attorney, Al Johnson in an open Town Hall Forum on the Sober Homes Task Force on how it was formed, where it is now, and what’s in the future. Get the landscape of the legislative changes coming from the Director of Special Projects at Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition and the groundbreaking work they are doing in re-molding the Administrative and Marketing Changes that are coming soon.

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Addiction Treatment Center Re-routed 800 Numbers, Google Maps Hijacking Stealing Your Clients

Addiction Treatment Center Re-routed 800 Numbers is a huge problem nationwide. Many centers are unaware that their Google maps number has been hijacked. Even the ones that are aware, are finding an hour after they get it corrected, it is high jacked again. Behavioral Health Network Resources goal is to educate treatment center CEO’s on ethical business practices. The topic of addiction treatment center re-routed 800 numbers has come up at several of our addiction conferences.

Addiction Conferences Inform About Addiction Treatment Center Re-routed 800 Numbers

These addiction conferences focus on ethical addiction treatment marketing practices. We noticed that this is a widespread national problem, felt it our responsibility to inform recovery centers across the nation. At the bottom of this post, you can listen to a national radio show broadcast educating on how to prevent this from happening to your center. We discuss valuable information on addiction treatment center re-routed 800 numbers. They are stealing your call center lead generation clients.  There are 100,000’s of calls of many treatment centers are being re-routed. This show reveals a couple of ways to protect your organization, including a double log-in process and checking you google maps daily.

Exposing Addiction Treatment Center Re-routed 800 Numbers

➣ Addiction Treatment Center 800 number call forwarding, and how they are endangering many vulnerable individuals seeking help and putting their lives in danger

➣ Questions to ask to make sure your getting information on a safe and reputable treatment center

➣ Google maps hijacking and fake websites all designed to mislead families and addicts

➣ The bad side of marketers who use these types of illegal activities so they can fill Beds and fill their Pockets.

➣ How treatment centers and individuals seeking help can prevent patient brokering tactics above

➣ Information on getting involved with a class action law suit for treatment centers that have had their number high-jacked

Addiction Conferences Educating on Re-routing 800 numbers signifying moments of changeOver 2000 addiction professionals have received valuable information from our Executive addiction conferences. These events feature five Executive Thought Leader panelists, and an interactive audience of 150-200, in a talk show host/town hall forum. Our events are for CEO’s. Executives, Directors, MArketing, and Outreach professionals.

Ethical Addiction Treatment Groups on Rehab Marketing

Join Addiction Professional Referral and Networking Group (16,000 ethical members assisting dozens everyday). We have 1,200 waiting to be approved, and we have banned over 6,000 individuals to date.

National Radio Show on Addiction Treatment Center Re-routed 800 Numbers

Enjoy the Addiction Treatment Center Re-routed 800 Numbers, Google Maps Hijacking Stealing Your Clients Show below.

Posted by RecoveryRadio.fm on Friday, March 24, 2017

Addiction Treatment Marketers; Bad Boys, Bad Boys, What Ya Gonna Do When They Come for You?

Addiction treatment marketers are feeling the heat from the national spotlight on West Palm Beach, Florida. However, the issues are nationwide and will continue unless we have industry regulation. Florida is the national leader on industry regulation by providing a formula that many other states will adopt with the exceptional legislative work that is being done here.

Addiction Treatment Marketers Be Aware

Addiction treatment marketers must be aware that the Sober Living Task Force has demonstrated Florida is serious about cleaning up the addiction treatment industry. Dave Aronberg (Florida State Attorney) Head of Sober Homes Task Force, and his army have raided many sober homes, treatment centers, and labs with many more to come. They have made it abundantly clear that if you are patient brokering, endangering lives, and operating outside of the law you will be in serious trouble with legal issues and possible jail time.

Addiction Treatment Marketers and Patient Brokering with the Florida Shuffle

Many addiction treatment marketers are well aware of the laws coming. Mr. Aronberg and his army are putting legislation in place (House Bill 807) to protect and save lives from patient brokering and bring regulation to the Wild, Wild, West. Everyone in the addiction treatment industry needs to know and clearly understand the changes in the law that are coming soon. These changes will drastically affect the current marketing and administrative practices of treatment centers and sober livings.

While some green “marketers” are still unaware of the current law, 2017 Florida Statute Chapter 817 Fraudulent Practices or in common language “patient brokering” (stricter laws and regulation in House Bill 807), that they are patient brokering, the press and social media exposure have made it difficult to have any compassion for anyone (patient brokers, or recovery advocates) who is in the gray area regardless if they are new to the industry.

 

The vast national “black market” of illegal addiction treatment marketers that have been abusing vulnerable and desperate individuals seeking treatment are being watched and investigated. These new laws affect many “patient brokers” and “recovery advocates” nationwide with the new Florida laws because many are tied into the treatment centers and sober livings in Florida that are getting busted. The new “Florida Model” laws will certainly be adopted nationwide especially in CA, TX, NY, and AZ to name a few. However, this is also going to affect the addiction treatment centers West Palm Beach.

It is paramount for West Palm Beach CEO’s, Owners, Directors, and Outreach to understand the new drug rehab marketing landscape and adopt ethical marketing and operating practices. Many in our industry have their opinions of what is ethical from second-hand information. This new era will ensure much-needed regulation, ensure everyone will understand the new laws, and generate true professionals in our industry that are qualified to make assessments for treatment and be labeled “professionals”.

Addiction Conferences Educate against Bad Addiction Treatment Marketers

We provided first-hand information, and clarity from the driving force on these changes, why these changes are being made, and what’s in the near future at our addiction conferences. in Riveria Beach, FL. This event featured Al Johnson, Asst. Florida State Attorney, Head of Sober Living Task Force, PBSO Detective, PBCSAC, and more Executive Thought Leaders. The addiction conference had an interactive audience of 200, in a talk show host/town hall forum. It educated on what is coming in the near future and how to survive the major changes coming.

Now is the time to get involved with the Sober Homes Task Force, Heroin Task Force, Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition. These organizations are re-molding our industry and weeding out corruption and removing dangerous disruption. You may also be interested in joining 16,000 of your ethical peers, and individuals seeking help in the Addiction Professional Referral Group. This is an extremely active and highly monitored group providing assistance for professionals to place their clients. This group has protocols in place against patient brokers (2,000 individuals banned in the last 10 months), and is self-regulated by all its members.