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Letter to HHS Regarding Reports of “Patient Brokering”


Excerpt: “…[M]ultiple articles highlight individuals known as ‘body brokers’ or ‘patient brokers’ who are treating men and women fighting opioid addiction as a commodity. These brokers serve as intermediaries who profit from recruiting patients, arranging for their transportation and insurance coverage, and sending them to treatment centers in states with high numbers of treatment centers per capita, such as Florida and California. For their role, patient brokers receive generous financial kickbacks from the centers. Brokers are predominantly paid in one of two ways, a per-head fee that can range from $500 to $5,000 for each patient who successfully enters a treatment center, or a monthly fee from a facility based on the broker meeting a quota of patients which can result in earnings as high as tens of thousands of dollars. In addition to paying for travel, in some instances the broker helps patients obtain private insurance, and then pays the premiums on behalf of the patient until treatment benefits are exhausted after 60 to 90 days.”

To read a copy of the letter, click here.

To read a copy of HHS’ response, click here (enclosure here).