- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah lawmakers are considering requiring drug treatment centers to be licensed by the Department of Human Services in response to allegations of widespread fraud.

The Health Reform Task Force found last month that many treatment centers ship patients out of state, pay kickbacks to people for referring patients and a number of other shady business practices while sending exorbitant bills to insurance companies.

Rep. Dean Sanpei, R-Provo, is working on a bill to impose the licensing, which would provide the state some oversite into the business practices of the centers. He said Thursday that would also ban questionable practices such as patient broker, where headhunters are paid to approach inmates leaving jail and persuading them to sign up for drug-treatment programs.

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