Legal Practices

To combat insurance fraud, many states and the federal government are writing stringent “anti-kickback” laws and statutes. To ensure that we are in alignment with current laws in regard to referrals, Best Choice Admissions adheres to the following standards and practices:

1. WE PROVIDE OPTIONS, NOT REFERRALS:  We will not attempt, through our standard questions or through any other means, to steer an individual to any particular facility or program. We will list various institutions that we represent, and provide basic information about that institution.  We will not ask or force  the inquirer to choose any particular one.  It is up to the individual to choose which one(s) would be the best for them and their own situation;

2. WE CANNOT ASSESS THE INDIVIDUAL:  We will not provide, nor will we represent ourselves as providing, diagnostic, legal, or psychological services. We will not provide assessments of academic, mental, psychological, or medical status or well-being of potential residents, nor will we make any promises or guarantees of cure or remedy of such issues by any particular organization.  We cannot assess whether a potential resident may be suicidal, or prone to self-harm, nor guarantee that they will not harm of others or the facility of the institution they choose to enroll in.  Such assessments are totally the responsibility of the institution, the parents, and the licensed professionals they may hire. We recommend that all final decisions in regard to enrollment be evaluated and referred by a licensed professional, hired by the parent;

3. WE CANNOT ARRANGE TRANSPORT:  We cannot directly arrange for transportation of a child to or from the location of a health care provider or health care facility. Some regulators see this as an unfair ability to force placement into one particular institution, so this is not something we will participate in, though we will offer options of various transport services that we have worked with before that seem to have done a good job;

4. WE ARE PAID ONE FLAT FEE, SET IN ADVANCE:  The fee paid to us by the schools and programs we represent is set in advance and will not increase based on the amount of services that institution may offer any student/resident. We hold an outsourced and contracted sales position of the institutions we represent.  Such contracted fees are consistent with the fair market value of such services.  Fees are not based on or increased based on the amount charged for the resulting services of the institution. We do not accept added incentives, gifts or kickbacks from any institution for pushing up costs or services or for choosing to promote one institution over another;

5. BCN IS A CONTRACTED EXTENSION OF THE INSTITUTION:  Under an Agent Agreement we work with all institutions such that we are an extension of their intake or admission department, not an outside broker. We are paid a flat fee only if we accomplish adding an enrollment for the institution.  This is payment for performance is similar to what an in-house salesperson would receive as incentive for making a “sale”.  Our contracted services never include added incentive or kickbacks designed to drive up costs or to increase the resulting fees paid to care for the resident;

6. NO OWNERSHIP, GIFTS, OR REDUCED-FEE SERVICES:  We hold absolutely no ownership interest in any of the institutions we work with, nor do any of our immediate relatives or other companies we may be associated with hold ownership positions.  We gain no gifts nor services from the institutions we are contracted with, reduced in value or free services from them, in exchange for promoting them.  As a company and as individuals and sub-contractors within the company, we receive no other means of compensation other than the one flat fee paid by the institution per resident that we help them enroll there, as already identified above.

“NO WARRANTY” LEGAL NOTICE: BCN does not guarantee recovery or even positive outcomes for any particular individual who attends any program or school we might offer as an option. Recovery and future avoidance of troubling behavior or actions and whatever effects that may have on the individual’s life, their future, their career, their mental or physical health, or their friends and relatives are entirely dependent on each individual student and how they accept and apply the principles they are taught by the program, school or its staff or therapists.

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Disclaimer

NON-REFERRAL/NON-EXPERT DISCLAIMER: Options expressed by Best Choice Admissions Services LLC ("BCAS") and its representatives are not professional referrals nor expert recommendations of a medical, behavioral health, or educational professional. BCAS is not licensed or bonded to provide medical, psychological, or educational advice or recommendations, so we don't. You should consider seeking advice from a licensed professional before making any decision in relation to the placement of any child in a residential program. BCAS assists the admissions departments of schools as a communications contractor and agent of record, from which it also receives compensation for its work. BCAS is indemnified by each organization and has no control over the actions of such organizations or their staff. BCAS is rarely on-campus of each program, so we do not know everything about what goes on, nor should we be held responsible for such information. We visit each campus periodically and get anecdotal feedback about each program from parents, which aids us in providing helpful options to individuals as they search for the program of their own best choice. By Federal law, we are required to mention that we select programs to represent solely based upon their desire for our assistance, and they pay us a flat fee based on each student placed. We receive no kickbacks for the amount of services the student requires, nor their length of stay in the school or program. Of the schools and programs we mention as options, we do not select them or push any particular ones based on their ability to pay us a higher amount than do other schools or programs. For some low-income individuals, we may mention schools that pay us nothing. Should we learn that a school has done anything inappropriate with students, such that it is being investigated by local or state authorities, we will immediately stop offering that school as an option. However, due to confidentiality agreements, we may not be able to express why the school or program is no longer included in our discussion or options list. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) caution that before you enroll a youngster in a private residential treatment program or any institution or service that we mention, be sure to check it out yourself: ask questions; ask for proof or support for claims about staff credentials, program licensing or accreditation, and endorsements; do a site visit; and get all policies and promises in writing.

“NO WARRANTY” LEGAL NOTICE: BCAS does not guarantee recovery or even positive outcomes for any particular individual who attends any program or school we might offer as an option. Recovery and future avoidance of troubling behavior or actions and whatever effects that may have on the individual’s life, their future, their career, their mental or physical health, or their friends and relatives are entirely dependent on each individual student and how they accept and apply the principles they are taught by the program, school or its staff or therapists.