Pain practice entangled in federal lawsuit could close 9 locations

Pain Management Associates could close nine of its 11 locations in the Carolinas, according to WYFF News 4.

PMA informed auditors of the potential closure on Aug. 7, but the practice is still considering other ways to resolve its operational and financial challenges, according to a statement spokesperson Mark Hubbard provided to WYFF News 4.

"Unfortunately, despite our best efforts to remain a financially viable company, we have been forced to consider closing operations," Mr. Hubbard said.

In October 2018, FBI agents seized documents and interviewed staff during a raid of PMA locations in Easley, N.C., Greenville, S.C., and Spartanburg, N.C. The federal government later filed a lawsuit alleging the practices dispensed unnecessary opioid prescriptions and fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid.

PMA serves more than 20,000 patients in South Carolina.

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