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.