Laboratory Misconduct in Drug Testing–Processing “Forensic” as “Clinical” to Bypass Chain-of-Custody

About Alcohol Testing (Source: ProPublica)

Alcohol (ethanol) level | Service Code: 82055
http://projects.propublica.org/treatment/uniqservices/82055

– Total Paid: $7,626,583

– Total Times Performed (or Units): 510,265

– Rank Among All Services: 426

Times
Performed (State)
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1. 63,973 (North Carolina)
2. 61,874 (Texas)
3. 50,958 (Florida)
4. 48,393 (California)
5. 38,450 (Massachusetts)

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More:

http://projects.propublica.org/treatment/uniqservices/82055/states/MA

http://projects.propublica.org/treatment/doctors/1952347791

Disrupted Physician








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In “Ethical and Managerial Considerations Regarding State Physician Health Programs, ” Dr.’s J Wesley Boyd and John Knight note the significant and multiple conflicts of interest that exist between State Physician Health Programs and the referral treatment centers that they use.     They state:

“To further complicate matters, many evaluation/treatment centers depend on state PHP referrals for their financial viability. Because of this, if, in its referral of a physician, the PHP highlights a physician as particularly problematic, the evaluation center might—whether consciously or otherwise—tailor its diagnoses and recommendations in a way that will support the PHP’s impression of that physician.”

There is an obvious difference between impartially evaluating evidence in order to come to an unbiased conclusion and building a case to justify a conclusion already drawn. To consciously “tailor” a diagnosis of addiction or relapse based on anything other than the objective evidence violates the basic principles…

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