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June 14, 2014

DEA raid affected health center operation

ANDERSON — A raid by the Drug Enforcement Administration at the Madison County Community Health Center in 2013 significantly affected doctor productivity and the number of patient visits, according to documents obtained this month by The Herald Bulletin.

DEA agents went to the health center, 1547 Ohio Ave., on May 13, 2013, while investigating reports of a large number of prescriptions being written for controlled substances.

Since then, the center's former medical director, Dr. Frank Campbell, has had his license suspended indefinitely by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board for pre-signing prescription pads. The pads were assigned to physician assistants Mathew and Reagan Taylor. Under Indiana law, the prescriptions were to be signed on the day of a patient's visit.

The Taylors have moved to Florida and face a hearing with the Indiana Physician Assistant Committee.

The health center provides uninsured and under-insured residents in the area with primary medical, behavioral and dental care. The center is reimbursed through Medicare and Medicaid.

As the investigation came to light in December 2013, The Herald Bulletin asked the health center for copies of its board minutes from 2011 to 2013. The center sent heavily redacted documents. The newspaper asked Indiana's Public Access Counselor to review the health center's actions.

In January, the state counselor wrote an opinion that the health center had violated Indiana's public access law by heavily redacting the board minutes before providing them to the newspaper.

The newspaper also asked the Indiana Attorney General's office for copies of the minutes obtained by the state during the raid. More than 600 pages of documents were recently emailed by the attorney general's office to the newspaper in response to its request.

As reviewed by The Herald Bulletin, the minutes show a clear and growing concern by the board in 2013 about the DEA raid.

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