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[ATG] Board votes to suspend license of pain clinic operator, Dr. Hedrick
Start Date: 10/23/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/23/2014
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indiana Medical Licensing Board today ordered an emergency suspension of Dr. William P. Hedrick’s license to practice medicine. Hedrick, who operates Centers for Pain Relief clinics at 12 locations in northern Indiana, has been on probation with the board since April 2013.

On Monday, the Attorney General’s Office filed a petition with the Indiana Medical Licensing Board seeking to immediately suspend Hedrick’s license to practice, alleging Hedrick has engaged in conduct that jeopardizes patient safety, including falsifying medical records, falsifying prescriptions and utilizing dangerous prescribing practices. 

On Monday, Hedrick’s Centers for Pain Relief clinic at 3301 W. Fox Ridge Lane in Muncie was the subject of a warrant search. Local and state law enforcement, including the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, collected clinic records as part of the ongoing investigation. The warrant application noted eight drug overdose deaths of patients who received prescriptions from either Dr. Hedrick or one of his nurse practitioners from January 2013 through July 2014. 

During today’s hearing in Indianapolis, the board approved the petition and voted to suspend Hedrick’s license for 90 days while the Attorney General’s Office completes a formal licensing complaint. Once a complaint is filed, the board has the authority to determine what, if any, disciplinary action will be taken.

In April 2013, based on an investigation into activity at Hedrick’s other pain management clinics, the Indiana Medical Licensing Board placed Dr. Hedrick’s medical license on probation for a minimum two years and required Hedrick to abide by several restrictions to maintain his medical license.

According to the Attorney General’s recent petition, Hedrick violated the terms of his probation by failing to run INSPECT reports before prescribing a patient controlled substances, supervising and directing more mid-level providers than allowed, and falsifying patient records to avoid medical review.

As part of his probation, Hedrick was to have 15 percent of his medical charts reviewed monthly for safety and compliance by a medical expert acting as a practice monitor. According to the Attorney General, compliance reports exist for only seven of the last 17 months. The existing compliance reports document issues with 70 percent of patient charts. The practice monitor described the prescriptions patients were receiving as “inappropriate” at least 14 times and noted serious concerns for the prescribing practices numerous other times.

“I'm grateful for the Board’s swift action today to protect patients while the state works diligently to gather further evidence and file a formal licensing complaint. It is our goal to guard against irresponsible and dangerous overprescribing that fuels addictions and overdose deaths," Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller said.

The granting of the summary suspension today only impacts Hedrick’s medical license, not the facilities at which he practiced. Members of the public who have information to report about the medical office can contact the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 1-800-382-1039.

Co-chaired by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller, the Indiana Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force since 2012 has worked to provide research, education and recommendations to the state Legislature and medical providers regarding safe and proper prescribing of opioids. In December 2013, new emergency rules took effect in Indiana to provide more oversight of opioid prescribing in hopes of curbing addiction, doctor shopping and overprescribing. More information is at this link:
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Name: Molly Johnson
Phone: 317.232.0168
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