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Beckley pain clinic releases statement ahead of its closure next week

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HOPE Clinic is being forced to close on May 15 by the Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification. HOPE Clinic is being forced to close on May 15 by the Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification.

BECKLEY, WV (WVVA) HOPE pain clinic in Beckley releases a statement to the media ahead its forced closure next week. 

You may recall, the West Virginia Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification set a May 15 deadline for the chronic pain clinic in Raleigh County to cease operations.

The company released the following statement on Wednesday:

“HOPE Clinic has been thrust to the forefront of the news recently because of a series of actions by state and federal agencies. Unfortunately, these actions have the potential to create a perception about HOPE Clinic that does not accurately reflect its core values or operations.

“HOPE Clinic is a pain management clinic that provides important, compassionate and necessary care to a segment of society that has essentially been abandoned by modern medicine: law-abiding chronic pain patients. Primarily, HOPE Clinic treats patients, through licensed medical providers, for chronic pain. Our patients suffer from constant pain and discomfort, which impact their ability to function in life. HOPE Clinic exists to medically treat and alleviate pain, giving chronic pain sufferers the opportunity to live more meaningful and productive lives.

"As part of treating patients, HOPE Clinic's physicians regularly prescribe opioid pain medication, which is regulated on both a federal and state level. Undeniably, based on the potential misuse and abuse of such medications, appropriate governmental oversight is necessary.

"As a West Virginia medical facility, we understand the prescription drug problem within this State, and HOPE Clinic was founded with the ideas of combating drug diversion, while treating an underserved population.

“To prevent the diversion of legitimately and properly prescribed medication, HOPE Clinic has contracted with an organization, PPPFD, Inc., that provides novel and cutting-edge anti-diversion services. We utilize a monitoring software and background check system that has screened out more than 50 percent of new patient applications seeking pain medicine and identified or discharged over 2,000 individuals illegally trying to obtain prescription drugs.

“HOPE Clinic patients are screened, vetted, and verified before seeing a HOPE Clinic doctor. This screening enables vetted patients to obtain pain medicine without being forced to endure expensive and extremely painful interventional or surgical procedures that no longer help them.

“Regrettably, OHFLAC (Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification) recently ordered us to close our Raleigh County clinic. This decision came as a shock to us.

"While we disagree with OHFLAC's decision, we have begun a cooperative and productive dialogue with OHFLAC, exploring the possibilities for continuing to serve chronic pain patients in southern West Virginia. Although HOPE Clinic remains confident in its past practices, we look forward to working with regulatory authorities to meet their expectations and to continue providing the best possible care to our patients.

Three other clinics have been closed since January for failing to comply with a 2012 law aimed at reducing substance abuse. Punnamma Memorial Rehab Clinic in Wood County must close by May 21.

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