Residents of Senate District 20, and all Tennesseans, deserve answers
August 31, 2018 (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — State Sen. Steve Dickerson is an anesthesiologist and Medical Director for Comprehensive Pain Specialists (CPS), which is under fire for its abrupt closing of dozens of pain clinics across eight states last month. This week, news broke that CPS is under investigation by federal authorities. Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary Mancini released the following statement:
“The closure of dozens of its clinics, the indictment of its former CEO, and now this federal investigation are raising serious questions about CPS,” Mancini said. “The opioid crisis is devastating Tennessee families, with three people dying of opioid-related overdoses each day. With the abrupt closing of CPS pain clinics, thousands of Tennesseans have been left scrambling. This chaos is irresponsible, potentially opening the door for disastrous consequences for people and communities across the state.”
As an employee of CPS, Sen. Steve Dickerson owes his constituents answers. We can’t afford another Marsha Blackburn, whose track record of egregious missteps in addressing the opioid crisis has made things astronomically worse for people in Tennessee.”
- This federal investigation is separate from the prosecution of former CEO of the company, John Davis, who was indicted this spring on charges of a Medicare kickback scheme. Federal authorities allege that Davis was referring pain patients from around the country to a medical equipment firm. In exchange, prosecutors say that firm kicked back 60 percent of the $2.6 million in Medicare money it brought in over several years.
- CPS opened in 2005, and has treated as many as 48,000 pain patients a month at more than 50 clinics in Tennessee and other states. On July 3, 2018, CPS announced it would shutter the clinics, citing “increasing financial troubles” and the federal investigation surrounding Davis.
- State Senator Dickerson is listed as Medical Director on the CPS website.
- Marsha Blackburn led the charge for a 2016 bill which stripped enforcement authorities of their ability to stop large opioid shipments from coming into the state, instead of solving the opioid crisis. Since admitting this mistake, Rep. Blackburn has done nothing to fix the problem.
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