Currently, the Alabama Pain Center is in jeopardy of closing its doors November 15th. In all 2,800 people could be without a doctor next month.
Dr. Dean Willis, the Chief Medical Officer and Founder of the Alabama Pain Center, said in a news release the Alabama Pain Center says the potential closure is the result of an audit, which suspended Medicare payments to the pain clinic in late August.
Patients are worried, wondering what’s next for them. Here’s some of the frequently asked questions that patients have posed to WHNT News 19.
- What doctors are in the area that patients can go to?
Call the Madison County Medical Society at (256) 881-7321. They will assist people with finding a doctor who takes new patients.
- Will patients be able to get in to see a doctor before their medications run out?
The Alabama Pain Center advises and encourages patients to keep all appointments between now and their last day (which is still a bit up in the air). Until they are forced to close, the center will operate normally. After they close, center physicians will provide one additional prescription for a thirty day supply of medications.
- Many patients receive financial assistance at APC. Will any other doctors offer that?
Most practices provide some level of financial assistance. Each physician makes his/her own policies related to financial assistance.