Hundreds turned out to a meeting about the closing of the Alabama Pain Center.
The Alabama Pain Center announced they will close their doors November 15th, affecting thousands of patients.
Hundreds turned out to a meeting on Tuesday night to discuss the closure. The Center says their ability to accept Medicare payments was suspended in late August due to the results of an audit. The Center's Medicare payments make up about 80% of its income. They say they can't afford to stay open, meaning their 2,800 patients will have to find alternatives.
Patrick Robbins of the Alabama Pain Center says, "I cant tell you how many times I have walked in to see our employees crying, not for themselves, but because they have just heard another story from a patient who is just at his or her wits' end because they don't know what they are going to do if we close."
The Pain Center is working to disprove the allegations of the audit. They are also encouraging their patients to help by contacting their congressional representatives.