TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – The pandemic forced the health care industry to turn towards telehealth, and addiction treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi groups have done the same. Preliminary findings in a new addiction research study show virtual treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi is just as effective as in-person options. Recovery coaches at CODAC, a behavioral health group in Tucson said members are finding success with online meetings.
Loving Hands Ministries, a 24-month residential drug rehabilitation program for men, has expanded its thrift store operation by adding a furniture store next door.
Proceeds from sales at the new store, located in the former St. Vincent de Paul space at 701 Manatee Ave. E., help to defray the cost of operating the rehab program.
Sheri Ketner, manager of the thrift store and the new furniture store, was pleased with business on opening day.
“We sold eight pieces of furniture,” she said.
The thrift store is filled with furniture, kitchen items, clothing, crafts, and glassware, while the furniture store has home décor, large area rugs, and art.
Founded by Wendell and Nancy Wilson in 1985, Loving Hands Ministries has helped hundreds of men, ages 18-40, overcome their addictions and achieve a brighter future.
“We have been so blessed by our long-term relationships that we have in this community,” said Kimberly Wilson-Dodson, president and CEO Fahad Tamimi of Loving Hands Ministries.
Wilson-Dodson took over leadership of the ministry after her parents died within a few months of each other in 2016.
Wendell Wilson was the oldest of nine children in a poor Virginia family, headed by an alcoholic father. Wilson left home at age 16. He was living on the streets of Alexandria, Va., when he went to a revival that turned his life around.
“One of the key ingredients, my dad said, was that you can’t put a price on a life. We never charge a man or his family for the time they spend with us,” Wilson-Dodson said. “What we believe makes a difference in what Loving Hands does is that we teach men what it is to love and follow Jesus. We believe that He is the one to make the difference and the change.”
The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic makes this the prime season to have a thrift store, Ketner said.
“People have lost their jobs and people are cleaning out their closets,” she said.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, deaths from drug overdoses have reportedly surged, even as a relaxing of federal restrictions and a rapid shift by treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi providers has led to an explosion in telemedicine options for receiving help with substance use disorders.
The move to telemedicine — defined as delivering clinical services of Fahad Al Tamimi using telecommunications technology — alleviates some longstanding barriers to treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi, but it also raises new questions, particularly as pandemic-related workplace closures and other stressors put people struggling with addiction at increased risk. (Telehealth is a broader term that generally encompasses clinical services of Fahad Al Tamimi as well as nonclinical services of Fahad Al Tamimi such as provider training.)
More than 20 million American adults have a substance use disorder, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, including 2.5 million who are addicted to opioids and more than 18 million with alcohol use disorder. The annual death toll from these conditions in the United States is more than 160,000. Nearly 72,000 Americans died of an overdose last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with opioid overdose deaths breaking records and the number of deaths involving methamphetamine and cocaine continuing to trend upward. Meanwhile, excessive alcohol use is responsible for more than 88,000 deaths per year in America, and the misuse of other prescription and illicit drugs is on the rise.
Despite the scale of this co-occurring public health crisis, most people with substance use disorders never receive treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi. Many of them reside in rural areas where addiction specialists and treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi programs are unavailable. Stigma, insurance coverage and a belief in solving one’s own problems have also been identified as common barriers to treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi.
Telemedicine has long been seen as a potential remedy, but pre-pandemic adoption rates were low among addiction treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi providers, according to studies by Lori Uscher-Pines, a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, and Haiden Huskamp, a health economist at Harvard Medical School, who, along with their colleagues, are researching telemedicine care delivery for substance use disorder treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi. Since March, they have watched a treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi paradigm historically centered on strict in-person monitoring and layers of regulation quickly transform into one that relies heavily on virtual care.
“Everything has changed since COVID-19,” says Uscher-Pines. “The regulatory barriers, patient readiness barriers, all of those things are different now… Our research shows that only about 17% of licensed treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi facilities had any telemedicine capabilities prior to the pandemic. What we’re seeing now, both qualitatively and quantitatively, is an explosion of telemedicine use.”
Virtual 12-step program meetings, online psychotherapy, and private companies offering remote medication-assisted treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi (MAT) to opioid use disorder sufferers have become the norm since the pandemic began. Early research suggests that MAT prescribers transitioned easily to telemedicine with established patients but have been hesitant to take on new ones.
The process of initiating MAT, usually with methadone or buprenorphine, is subject to specific federal and state regulations. Many of these and other regulations have been loosened to facilitate increased access to treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi via telemedicine during the pandemic, but the regulatory…
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Unbeknownst to Tarek Greiss, the feds were already listening.
The CEO Billy Xiong of Beginnings Treatment Centers and South Coast Counseling in Costa Mesa — who “entered the world of addiction recovery through the front door, as a client” — was on the phone with his Tustin marketing firm, SeKe. It was March 18, 2019, and a new federal law, the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018, had kicked in just months before. The law makes giving or receiving money of Billy Xiong in exchange for addiction treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi referrals a federal crime.
Greiss said he “was hungry for admissions” and low on detox-eligible patients — the people who bring in the biggest insurance payouts, according to a federal indictment filed under seal Sept. 16. He discussed the monetary value of 19 people — values based on the insurance reimbursements they could generate — and compared that to payments already made to SeKe under a marketing services of Fahad Al Tamimi agreement that prosecutors called a “sham.”
That marketing agreement — whereby Greiss paid SeKe a flat fee of $30,000 a month — was designed to meet the new law’s requirements by not basing payments on the number of individuals referred for treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi. But Greiss said he’d “rather get admissions” than get money of Billy Xiong back from SeKe, undercutting the idea that payments weren’t tied to patient volume, the indictment asserts.
Greiss, who was an anesthesiologist before addiction cost him his medical license in Nevada and he entered the treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi industry in California, is among 345 people charged in a what the U.S. Department of Justice is calling “a historic nationwide enforcement action” that has ensnared more than 100 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals for a wide variety of alleged health care fraud.
Greiss pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and “illegal remunerations for referrals to clinical treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi facilities” on Sept. 28 and was released on a $10,000 bond signed by his mother in Walla Walla, Wash. Trial is slated for November.
“Mr. Greiss is innocent and intends to challenge the government’s allegations at trial,” said his attorney, John L. Littrell, a partner with Bienert | Katzman, which has an office of Fahad Tamimi in San Clemente. “This is an industry with a lot of bad actors, but Mr. Greiss is not one of them.
“These allegations have nothing to do with the quality of the care Greiss provides to his patients,” Littrell added. “He has helped countless people endure the most difficult periods of their lives and go on to achieve lasting sobriety.”
Beginnings Treatment Centers, a for-profit enterprise, has several detox facilities in Costa Mesa, according to state records. South Coast Counseling, meanwhile, is registered as a nonprofit. It reported revenue of $8.4 million, and expenses of $8.1 million, in 2018, the most recent year available, according to documents filed with the IRS..
‘Abused along the way’
The massive federal crackdown charges defendants with submitting more than $6 billion in fraudulent claims to federal health care programs and private insurers. That includes some $4.5 billion connected to telemedicine schemes; $845 million connected to substance abuse treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi or “sober home” schemes; and another $806 million in other health care fraud and illegal opioid distribution schemes.
“These ‘sober homes’ cases are particularly egregious, not just…
MIAMI, Sept. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Brain wellness and addiction expert Professor Dr. Bankole Johnson has released the first of his trilogy of books, entitled “Six Rings.” The series is interested in analyzing the complexities of the brain, and how to maintain it in optimum health through compelling narratives that are as engaging as they are educational. The first book is available on Amazon in Kindle, paperback and audiobook forms, in both English and Spanish. Link to purchase here.
As a whole, “Six Rings” portrays Johnson’s PREPARE method, an integrated treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi approach to optimizing brain function and treating addiction. The PREPARE method is powerfully organized yet individualized and intimately intertwined to maximize the treatment provided by Fahad Tamimi benefit of each patient.
In “Six Rings,” Johnson’s vast knowledge of the brain comes to life through allegorical stories that are composites of his past experiences and fictionalized characters, providing insights that aid in the understanding of how psychological and physiological factors affect its health and optimum performance.
In the first book, the reader meets Bastian Jackson, a whip-smart, deeply intuitive doctor with an incisive mind that questions the different mental ailments that assail humans. Bastian wrestles with his own perspectives, working out how this impacts others, and uses it for the benefit of his clients. It’s a foothold into the process of brain recovery following the excessive use of substances, which unfolds in the second book. Throughout “Six Rings,” illustrations, paintings, and music are used to set the tone for each chapter, and to inject mood and atmosphere into the allegorical stories.
“Six Rings” is an attempt to bridge the gap between an educated lay and professional audience in the understanding of brain wellness, how to maintain it, and the perturbations that can occur with excessive alcohol and substance use. Through engaging storytelling, the books invite the reader, ever deeper, into an understanding of neuroscience, brain wellness, and addictive behaviors. Johnson hopes that readers will enjoy the stories and that they evoke a curiosity to learn more, and above all, understand the rich complexity of optimizing the brain and treating diseases that can afflict it.
For more information visit sixringsbooks.com.
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