I was wondering if anyone else had had problems with their monitoring agency following the protocols they have set.
I have had a few issues so far and I've only been in the program a couple of months...
1) The testing exemption policy is that if you have been in a treatment program when you enroll in monitoring that time will be included in your plan participation. You can request an exemption after 9 months of being compliant- which I have throughout treatment and monitoring. My mother in law was just diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer- this Christmas might be her last; she lives in a very remote location (nearest testing facility is 60 miles away). In winter this 60 miles can take 3-4 hours to get to because of road conditions. My agreement monitor is stating that I have to be in monitoring for 9 months before an exemption can be granted (a direct conflict with the contract language).
2) The monitoring agency is to not diagnose or treat. I had an independent evaluation from an approved 3rd party. I have not heard from him, I asked my agreement monitor about this and she stated the medical director and evaluator were working to come to an agreement on some of his recommendations. The fact that they are discussing treatment recommendations seems to me like they are participating in the treatment plan.
3) The monitoring agency is not funded by wholly by the state board- I am charged over $100 for each UA. My neighbor state runs their own monitoring and charges $50 for the same panel. The testing frequency for the first 2 years is supposed to be 24-36 times- I am on track at this point to being tested more than 52 times (at least once per week, sometimes 3 times in a week). I feel like they have a financial interest in testing me more frequently.
I have not had any instances of non-compliance, no dilute urines, missed calls, or anything that isnt 100% above board. I see no reason that they are not following the protocols set by the legislature and BON.
Has anyone else had problems like this? What did you do or would you do to remedy these types of issues?
Nov 4, '12
I don't exactly see where they are not following the rules. You have been in 2 months. You can't get an exemption until 9 months. Hence why you were denied. Tx is not actual tx, more like you go to this many meetings (12 step or nurse/Caduceus) and you have to go visit a provider x times. It's like a compliance plan. The cost, well, it is expensive. I don't know what to tell you about that. Are you allowed to find a nursing job now?
PS Are you sure your tx (rehab?) time counts?
Last edit by wish_me_luck on Nov 4, '12