Publication Archive: Matt Lavin

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Alcohol reinforces both positively and negatively

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Source: Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly
Research findings are shedding new light on the role of both positive and negative reinforcement in drinking behavior and the development of alcohol use disorders, as well as highlighting the challenges in identifying viable treatment strategies to reduce alcohol use.Read the article

New lawsuit over UBH’s guidelines could yield windfall for

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Source: Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly
Following a court ruling earlier this year against United Behavioral Health’s (UBH’s) former level‐of‐care and coverage determination guidelines (see ADAW, Aug. 5), the managed behavioral health insurance giant now faces an action that is potentially much more far‐reaching — and this time, directly beneficial to substance use and mental health treatment providers.Read the article

Some providers may proceed cautiously on latest legal challe

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Source: Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly
To those who might assume a federal lawsuit seeking class status for treatment providers wronged by insurance company actions would be receiving immediate and universal acclaim in the provider community, a little caution may be in order. While the latest lawsuit against United Behavioral Health (UBH) certainly will be interpreted by some addiction treatment providers…Read the article

Becker’s Hospital Review on United Behavioral Health Case

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Source: Beckers Hospital Review
UnitedHealth Group faces a lawsuit that accuses the health insurer of illegally denying mental health and addiction benefits to maximize profits. The class-action lawsuit, filed Sept. 12 by law firm Napoli Shkolnik on behalf of three mental health and addiction treatment facilities, claims the treatment centers provided millions of dollars in unreimbursed care to members of UnitedHealth’s behavioral health…Read the article
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