LAGS In the News

Study Finds That Reducing Pain Medication Is Associated With an Increased Risk of Overdose and Suicide

Substantially reducing the doses of pain medication prescribed for patients on long-term opioid therapy is associated with a threefold increase in suicide attempts and a 69 percent increase in overdoses, according to a study published this week in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study reinforces concerns that the "tapering" encouraged by federal guidelines as a response to the "opioid crisis" causes needless suffering among patients, leading to undertreatment of...

Department of Health Care Services

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

Taking Care of Patients After Pain-Management Clinic Closes

After Lags Medical Centers closed 29 of its California locations in May, patients who had sought help for debilitating pain were suddenly without support. An element of their treatment was likely to be opioids, which are highly useful in attempting to alleviate pain but carry a downside of physical addiction. With the sudden closure of Lags, a nickname for founder Dr. Francis Lagattuta, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics was among the health-care providers who assumed the treatment of patients they had previously referred to Lags.