Insurance issues force physician to send pain patients to new clinic

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted May 3, 2004

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The Rev. Ronald V. Myers Sr., MD, who was in danger of losing his medical liability coverage due to issues related to his treatment of pain patients at his Tupelo, Miss., clinic, says the Medical Assurance Co. of Mississippi has agreed to continue to cover his four Delta-area offices, but only three months at a time and at a cost of $2,000 for each three months.

To avoid further problems, Dr. Myers is directing chronic pain patients at his Tchula, Belzoni, Greenville and Indianola clinics to see him at his office in upstate Tupelo after he pays for a $16,000 policy from the Mississippi Tort Claims Board to cover him there.

The Tupelo office is about 180 miles north of his other offices, and Dr. Myers said he is working to arrange bus or van transportation for his patients who will need to be treated there.

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