Clinic Closures Impacting EDs

The Washington State Medical Commission is taking action against Frank Li, MD for substandard care. This action impacts Seattle Pain Centers’ eight clinics across Washington (Everett, Seattle, Renton, Tacoma, Poulsbo, Olympia, Vancouver, and Spokane) and potentially 25,000 patients. The Medical Commission is working with the Department of Health, the Health Care Authority, Office of the Insurance Commissioner and the represented professional associations and regulators to coordinate resources and minimize gaps in care for affected patients. This also abrogates the Physician Assistants practice plans under his license as well.  This represents approximately 40% of the clinic providers.  The other providers’ contract with the Health Care Authority will be terminated shortly and their prescriptions honored for 30 days.  As a result, a large number of patients will have access challenges moving forward.

The Health Care Authority has developed a series of measures to try and address this actively. This includes encouraging primary care providers to temporarily assume responsibility for these patients’ prescribing, engaging the health plans care management to assist in access, and supporting the UW Telemedicine program on Pain Management. See more information and resources for providers here and here, and a resource for patients here.