Medical records inaccessible after 6 pain clinics shutter without warning — 5 details

Pain management company PainMD lost access to numerous patient medical records after shuttering several clinics in May, according to the Tennessean, part of the USA Today network.

Five details:

1. The Nashville-area company said the records are locked in storage units across Tennessee, Virginia and South Carolina. All the employees who had access to the units left the company after it battled fraud allegations, declared bankruptcy and ceased operations May 8.

2. PainMD and its parent company, MedManagement, allegedly defrauded the government of millions of dollars by pressuring patients to get unnecessary injections, which were intentionally mislabeled upon billing.

3. While lawsuits regarding these allegations were ongoing, PainMD rebranded and operated six clinics under the name Rinova for several months.

4. Many pain management physicians won't accept new patients without a medical referral and up-to-date medical records, leaving at least 25 of PainMD's former patients unable to get prescription refills.

5. At one point, PainMD and MedManagement owned or operated up to 30 clinics in three states.

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