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3/31/2014 12:00 AM

Under a landmark settlement with the New York attorney general, Schenectady-based MVP Health Care will overhaul its behavioral health claims process, cover residential treatment, pay a $300,000 fine, and refund as much as $6 million to plan members whose substance use disorder (SUD) or mental health claims were denied. The mental health part of the settlement is based on Timothy’s Law, a 2006 state statute that does not apply to SUDs. The SUD part of the settlement is based on the federal 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).

3/17/2014 12:00 AM

The above is from a recent sales pitch letter to a treatment center from Pivotal Point Toxicology Group; ADAW investigated last week to find out more about the offer.

We called the phone number on the Pivotal Point website, and the person who answered identified himself as Nicholas Boatman, the CEO. “We act as consultants to treatment centers,” Boatman told ADAW. In essence, Pivotal Point acts as a middleman, connecting the lab to the treatment center. Pivotal Point has been doing this for some time with physicians, particularly pain physicians who prescribe opioids, but in the last three months has added a focus on addiction treatment programs, said Boatman.

2/24/2014 12:00 AM

The polarization of the treatment field between medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and 12-step drug-free treatment is gradually dissolving, according to experts interviewed by ADAW last week. “The problem is that some people view it as either/or,” said Philip L. Herschman, Ph.D., chief clinical officer of CRC Health Group. “Either it’s MAT and nothing else, or it’s 12-step and nothing else.”

At many treatment programs, including CRC and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (the nation’s largest for-profit and not-for-profit treatment chains), it’s not either/or — it’s both. And the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) supports both as well.


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