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Caron CEO Testifies on Patient Brokering and Addiction Treatment Fraud before Congressional Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee

Wernersville, PA (December 12, 2017) – The combined storm of the opioid crisis, the increase in substance use disorder treatment providers through private equity investments, and the accessibility of treatment through the Affordable Care Act has been accompanied by an increase in unethical practices across the continuum of addiction treatment. In an effort to raise awareness and mitigate unethical activity in the treatment sector, Caron Treatment Centers CEO, Doug Tieman, today testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in a hearing entitled, “Examining Concerns of Patient Brokering and Addiction Treatment Fraud.”

“It is easy to understand why families looking for life-saving addiction treatment have difficulty finding it,” said Doug Tieman, Caron Treatment Centers President & CEO “Many turn to the internet where, instead of finding accurate and thorough information about their disease and treatment, they are inundated by unethical marketers who take advantage of their desperation, sometimes with tragic results.”

Tieman joined four other witnesses at 2125 Rayburn House Office Building at 10:15 a.m. to testify before congress on this issue, including Mr. Dave Aronberg, State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit; Mr. Eric M. Gold, Assistant Attorney General, Chief, Health Care Division, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General; Mr. Alan S. Johnson, Chief Assistant State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit; and Mr. Pete Nielsen, Chief Executive Officer, California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals.

“We know that quality evidence-based treatment provided ethically works to help patients begin their journey of recovery,” said Tieman. “Patients and their families need to be informed about and understand the level of care and quality of treatment they have the right to receive. Consequently, Caron has developed a Patient’s Bill of Rights that we encourage all ethical addiction treatment providers to immediately adopt."

The Caron Patient’s Bill of Rights has eight tenets:

1. Patients have the right to be treated with the honesty, dignity, and respect that any person with a life-threatening, chronic illness should be afforded.
2. Patients have the right to know what to expect from treatment.
3. Patients have the right to be treated by physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and other licensed and/or certified professionals as needed throughout their continuum of care.
4. Patients have the right to receive researched and evidence-based treatment on demand.
5. Patients have the right to be treated for co-occurring behavioral health conditions simultaneously.
6. Patients have the right to an individualized, outcomes-driven treatment plan.
7. Patients have a right to have access to treatment for their families and loved ones.
8. Patients have the right to be treated in a setting that is safe and committed to ethical practices.

View Doug Tieman’s written testimony and oral summary.

About Caron Treatment Centers
With 60 years in the field, Caron Treatment Centers operates lifesaving addiction and behavioral healthcare treatment. Caron is headquartered in Wernersville, Pennsylvania with Ocean Drive and Caron Renaissance located in Palm Beach County, Florida. Caron has recovery centers in New England, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., which offer community and recovery support. Caron’s Recovery Centers in Atlanta and New York City also offer pre- and post-treatment services. Caron has the most extensive continuum of care including teens, young adults, mid-life adults, older adults, chronic pain, executives, healthcare and legal professionals and families. Caron’s treatment is customized to meet the needs of individuals and families – with highly trained teams prepared to address co-occurring disorders. Caron offers an innovative approach to ongoing recovery care support for its patients and their families with online peer groups and other resources during the first year of transition following discharge. For more information on Caron, please visit Caron at www.caron.org or follow us on Twitter.

Company Contact:
Caron Treatment Centers
Karen Pasternack
610-743-6576; kpasternack@caron.org
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Media Contact:
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Katie Kennedy
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