BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A pain management professional under fire for allegedly over-providing his patients with pills and breaking a host of laws will no longer be recommended by the Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Dr. Eugene Gosy’s pain management practice had a host of doctors in its employ, but all physicians working under his umbrella — including Dr. Gosy — will be dropped from the health insurance network. Essentially, Blue Cross Blue Shield has cut ties with and will no longer financially support Dr. Gosy’s pain practice. Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance holders will no longer be able to access in-network rates when pursuing care from the practice.
The move dissuades the more than 8,000 patients under Dr. Gosy’s care from supporting the physician’s practice. Blue Cross Blue Shield officials say the move is standard after an office closes down with no notice or coverage plan.
“The closure of Gosy & Associates with no contingency plan in place to provide available coverage to care for our member’s medical needs is unacceptable,” a Blue Cross Blue Shield release read.
Patients of Dr. Gosy who will be affected by the action are encouraged to call the Blue Cross Blue Shield customer service team by using the phone number on the back of each member identification card. Representatives will attempt to help them find alternative care.
Dr. Gosy faces a list of more than 110 narcotics counts following a two-year investigation related to his disbursement of opiates to his patients. He’s been on the radar of investigators for two years, but is accused of beginning to break laws as early as 2006.
Officials say roughly 300 unlawful prescriptions flowed from Gosy’s office each day, prompting federal officials to arrest and charge the doctor.
Although Gosy remains out of incarceration on $250,000 bail, he’s only able to practice limited medicine and isn’t able to prescribe most narcotics.
Patients of the embattled doctor say they’ve been left hanging in the balance, saying many currently rely on prescription drugs, but no longer have a means to secure them. It’s prompted concern among physicians that they will turn to drugs like heroin in lieu of being weaned off of drugs.
Those thousands of patients continue to search for answers, however Blue Cross may be able to help those under their umbrella.