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September 4, 2013

Attorney general files complaint against Community Health Center medical director

Allegations follow Drug Enforcement Administration inquiry

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ANDERSON, Ind. —

Marlita Williams, the center’s director of research, grants and quality, said patients who suffer from chronic pain are required to attend pain management programs. “There are a lot of people who have chronic pain,” Williams said. “Our goal has always been to wean them down to the lowest amount they can live with and still be functional.”

She added that patients can’t arrive at the medical center and simply receive a prescription without a thorough examination and assessment. And that was equally true with the physician assistants who worked with Campbell. Even though he may not have personally examined every patient himself, Williams said, he always carefully reviewed all the charts and the results of their patient workups.

Tom Ruge, an Indianapolis attorney representing Campbell, said Wednesday that all the allegations raised in the attorney general’s complaint will be addressed in a hearing of the Medical Licensing Board later this month.

“Dr. Campbell is very rigorous in his review of physician assistants,” Ruge said. “I think they’ve got a good system there that works,” he said of the Community Health Center’s pain management program.

Founded in 1999, the center’s mission is to provide accessible health care to the uninsured and under-insured residents of Madison County, including Medicaid and Medicare recipients.

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