Provider Alert: Lags Medical Center Closure: Issued May 21, 2021

On May 19, 2021, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) temporarily suspended select Lags Medical Center locations from participation in the Medi-Cal program, as a result of an ongoing investigation by the California Department of Justice (DOJ), Division of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse.

This temporary suspension will continue until the DHCS determines that it is no longer appropriate to do so under applicable law. Twenty-eight California sites operated by Lags Medical Center in the following counties may be impacted by these closures: Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Tulare, Kings, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Alameda, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Sacramento.

When you visit the Lags Medical Centers website, you’ll notice a message that states:

“To Our Valued Patients,

We would like to thank you for the trust you have given us as your Pain Management providers. Our top priority is the health and well-being of our patients, families, staff, and community. In this unprecedented time, we are deeply committed to keeping everyone safe.

Please be advised that due to unforeseen circumstances Lags Medical Centers will be closing effective May 19th, 2021.”

Phrases such as “unforeseen circumstances” make it difficult to determine whether there was any patient abuse or billing issues that were deemed potential hazards. Also, a voluntary shutdown is unlikely without a threat behind it.

Terrorism is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation of the criminal laws of the United States for purposes of intimidation, coercion, or ransom, to create fear among the public and get immediate publicity for their causes.

In the interest of public safety, a sudden lawful search and seizure must have a written warrant that clearly outlines what is being investigated. The only exception to this is medical record privacy, which is protected by HIPPA Laws.

Due to the freedom of speech and the First Amendment, we have the right to speak out and petition the government for a redress of grievances. Under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, Lags Centers and Dr. Francis P. Lagattuta are protected by law.

If Lags and their patients have been following prescription guidelines and do not meet the addiction or illegal activity qualifiers, no laws have been broken. Therefore, this action shouldn’t have been taken. Once is ready, we ask you to share your story in support of Lags Medical. We also encourage professionals to share their expertise.

This Go-Fund-Me is set up in the amount for the state of California Medical Malpractice limit, in support of Lags Center, Dr. Francis P. Lagattuta, and the formation of the Save Lags Alliance.

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