FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Patients still scrambling to retreive their medical records from now-suspended pain doctor Dr. Michael Cozzi will have another day to do so.
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health said Thursday Cozzi’s Dupont Road office would be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday for patients to gather their medical records to continue their care. The health department initially said the office would be open only Tuesday through Thursday.
Cozzi was arrested March 22 after federal DEA agents raided two of his homes and properties on suspicion of criminal over-prescribing practices. According to the Indiana attorney general’s office, Cozzi, the owner of FW Interventional Pain Management in Fort Wayne, prescribed more controlled substances than any other prescriber in Indiana over the last two years, including some 2 million doses of Oxycodone and 1.2 million doses of hydrocodone.
A week after the investigation reached a head, the county health department on Tuesday issued a notice to Cozzi’s some 1,700 patients. The health department said patients must go to Cozzi’s office at 2510 E. Dupont Road, to have their medical records faxed to their primary care physician in order to continue medical care.
According to Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deb McMahan in order for patients to obtain those records obtained by the DEA, a physician has to request them.
“If you go to his office and they say they don’t have your records, the DEA’s legal process is that you go to your primary doctor and they will call the DEA and get your records,” said McMahan. “The DEA will only release those medical records that they have, and I understand there’s about 6 or 700 of them, they will only release those to a physician. It’s not that they are trying to be difficult. That’s what they are bound to do by law.”
That could mean it would take a little bit longer to get ahold of those records.
Patients should bring proof of identification and the name and contact information of their primary care physician with them to the office to have their medical records faxed over to their primary care physician. Patients of Cozzi who do not have a primary care physician should obtain one so Cozzi’s staff may fax their records.