Massachusetts Shuts Down Self-Referrals Between Sober Homes and Labs

While we knew it was only a matter of time, the State of Massachusetts has passed legislation specifically imposing significant civil and criminal penalties for the self-referral of specimens to labs owned or controlled by sober home owners and operators. It is not entirely clear, as of this email, whether the law only pertains to state Medicaid claims or applies to private pay insurance as well (not immediately sure how Massachusetts’ insurance structure is set up).

Either way, the noose is slowly closing.

The press release from the Mass. Attorney General is attached.

Thanks for our friends at the Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly for bringing this to our attention.

Read about it here.

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Jeffrey C. Lynne is a South Florida native, representing individuals and business entities relating to licensing, accreditation, regulatory compliance, business structure, marketing, real estate, zoning and litigation pertaining to substance abuse treatment facilities and sober living residences. Mr. Lynne has been recognized across the region as a leader in progressive public dialogue about the role that substance abuse treatment has within our communities and the fundamental need and right to provide safe and affordable housing for those who are both in treatment for addiction and alcoholism as well as those who are established in their recovery.