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How Centene and Health Net’s CEO Got Rich on the Backs of California’s Out-of-Network Substance Abuse Providers and Rendered Worthless Health Net PPO Benefits

Thursday, May 11, 2017,
Author: Joan Borsten
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Much has been said and written in the last 20 months about the acquisition of Health Net Inc. and Health Net Life Insurance Company by Missouri-based Centene Corporation...

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Letter From The Editor

Monday, April 24, 2017,
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All of us here at RecoveryView.com hope you had a lovely Easter and are enjoying the lovely new beginning that Spring always offers.  With the change of seasons comes the change of RecoveryView.com’s location! 

Both RecoveryView.com and Addiction Therapeutic Services Intensive Outpatient Program are almost moved into our new office at One Mirage Plaza in beautiful Rancho Mirage. 

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The Rehab Honeymooners

Wednesday, April 19, 2017,
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“How do you know when an alcoholic lets go? By the claw marks” – anonymous

Her dad was useless, unpleasant, and then he was gone. Her mom was judgmental, depressing, and clingy, demanding solidarity with her resentments against dad. From an early age Marianne was assigned the role of co-dependent nurturer. Essentially, she became her mother’s life partner. She moved far away to escape and never knew that she had taken her internalized mother along. She was to notice, much later, what a pain in the neck that had been.

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Better Sex Through Sober Dating—Yes You Can!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017,
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Sometimes life is full of surprises, good ones.A few weeks ago,I had a wonderful surprise.A writer for Glamour.com contacted me about an article she was working on—sober dating.Glamour interested in sober dating!I was thrilled but not surprised that the concerns of women in recovery were being discovered by mainstream women’s media.You and I always knew it was only a matter of time, and that time has come!

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Boosting UR Outcomes and Quality of Care: Capturing Client Quotes

Wednesday, April 19, 2017,
Categories: Business View
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As any Utilization Review (UR) clinician will tell you that pleading a client’s case with a managed care company can be an exhaustive, disconcerting process.  Those of us in this field were likely drawn to the work due to our desire to help others; we explore, we nurture, and we advocate.  It’s a rare day to come across a clinician who enjoys paperwork or delights in the UR process… it is tedious.  Utilization Review occurs behind the curtain, often with clients and families unaware of the importance this process plays in their care, though an enormous amount of the client’s treatment depends on this procedure.  Behavioral health providers want the best outcomes for their clients, and the documentation process can sometimes seem daunting; cutting corners in this area may negatively affect your client care, your overhead, and auditing results.  There are a few simple changes that can help you improve this process, both to better the outcomes for your clients and help the financial stability of your organization.  I like to call them ‘UR gold’: Direct client quotes and straightforward descriptions. 

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Balancing Biochemistry for Addiction Recovery

Wednesday, April 19, 2017,
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Excerpted from Dr. Hyla Cass’ book: The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free

The Biochemical Roots Of Addiction

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The “Wonky Side” of Energy

Wednesday, April 19, 2017,
Categories: Words of Wisdom
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Do you ever wonder if the energy of others (and even people you don't know) could affect you? Let me tell you, the simple answer is yes, it can. I had that thought today after talking with a coach of mine about the shift in my mindset between last week and this week. The shift felt almost as if a cloud of something rolled through me and hit me hard.

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Celebrating Full Recovery from Addiction PART 1: An Interview with Mindfulness...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017,
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In Part One of this interview through New Harbinger Publications, Scott Kiloby shares his personal journey of addiction, recovery and spiritual awakening.

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Stepping into your Personal Power

Wednesday, April 19, 2017,
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A challenge to stepping into your personal power, manifesting your destiny, your mission and purpose in this lifetime, is the tendency many people have to give away their power. To say yes when they mean no. Essentially, having no boundaries. Not only is this destructive in relationships, but it wastes vital life force and energy to manifest your own destiny. The lesson is to develop confidence and courage in your decisions and values instead of remaining in hiding and giving away your personal power.

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Avoid Fraud: AATA’s Patient Financial Responsibility Toolkit Answers Call from the Addiction Treatment Industry

Wednesday, April 19, 2017,
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The American Addiction Treatment Association (AATA) published the Patient Financial Responsibility Toolkit to answer burning questions that are troubling the addiction treatment industry.  Insurers are accusing providers and programs of fraud and abuse when they offer discounts and waive fees.  What’s legal and what’s abusive?   What approach should programs and professionals take to avoid a world of trouble in mishandling patient financial responsibility?

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