My question involves (mal)practice in the state of: Arkansas.
I was diagnosed with seizure disorder, and other disorders in 2006. This PCP has been maintaining meds for those disorders since 2011. In June of 2016 I was also diagnosed with COPD stage 1. He prescribed a medicine that I was able to obtain through the manufacturer's Foundation, but due to his office failing to fill out and fax in the paperwork, my receiving the meds took over two months. He wanted me to make an appointment after I had used it for 30 days for checkup. This I did and the appointment was for November 29, 2016.
Upon arriving, I found out the PCP had broken his arm over the holiday and required surgery and wouldn't be in his office for at least two weeks. During this time, my Medicare supplement company informed me that my PCP was not "in the network" since he had moved and not updated his information. I had a couple refills left, but I had no indication the hospital he was associated with had updated his information with Wellcare by the time my seizure meds were due for refill again. His office demanded I make an appointment, so I called Wellcare and they set him as my PCP on 1-27-2017.
I called and made an appointment. By this time, his office had been faxed twice by the pharmacy requesting refills for two scripts and he authorized one for anxiety, but denied the one for seizures. My last meds had been filled 30 days before and, I was able to get an emergency supply on Saturday 1-28-2017 when I found out the PCP's office had not refilled the seizure meds and were evidently waiting for me to show up before doing so! The only meds concerned with during this return visit would be the COPD med, not the maintenance meds for seizures or other disorders.
Does this not place the health and wellbeing of the patient at risk? Does he have the right to do this?