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Former Pain Center Patients Seek Relief in ERs

By HealthLeaders Media News  
   October 05, 2016

A crackdown on a Seattle-area chain of pain treatment centers has disrupted care for thousands of Medicaid patients.

Patients of a network of now-closed pain treatment centers in Seattle have been seeking care in the regions' emergency rooms, according to data from the Washington state Department of Health.

The state has been tracking former clinic patients of Seattle Pain Centers and has determined that more than 1,500 have sought care in hospital emergency departments since the clinic was shut down this summer. The tracking system does not identify the reason for the emergency department visits.

In July, the Washington State Medical Commission suspended the license of Frank D. Li, MD, alleging that he "consistently provided treatment that was an extreme departure from the standard of care, exposing patients of Seattle Pain Centers to risks of harm for opioid addiction, diversion, and overdose."

Li ran eight clinics across the state. As of July, he had not been charged with a crime.

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