Hey ALL - I have been swamped the past couple of days, and now I'm about to head to a meeting... I'll have to catch up on these posts later this evening, but I did notice just a couple things in skimming...
@philly - I am pretty sure the Evansville, IN clinic is owned/operated by CRC Health Group... Look into that if you're seriously considering switching to them. I'm *not* saying that CRC ownership should be an immediate non-starter, but they are the largest chain of clinics in the nation and make BHG look like a mom & pop... Just FYI. There is a patient who is a member of another organization which I am an online administrator for (MMTSA) who attends the Evansville, IN clinic... I'd be happy to ask him if he would be willing to speak with you if you're interested. I do know they are a liquid only clinic if that is of any consequence to your decision.
@briton32 - You confirmed what I've heard from every single patient I've spoken with that are patients at Midsouth Tx Ctr in Dyersburg TN... It sounds like a wonderful clinic! :-) I'll be visiting there later this year to meet with the owners/director to help organize a patient advocacy group in conjunction with NAMA-Recovery as well as to get some support groups up and running if the need is there at that time. :-) If you're stable with your dose it sounds like you have plenty of reasons to be happy! The main issue in TN (there are many, I just mean the BIG one that's a MAJOR problem) is the dose/P&T situation... Patients who haven't achieved their stable dose by 120mg's (more like 100mg's, really) run into some issues (as @philly has attested & with which he has been dealing) getting their proper, medically-necessary dose to receive optimal benefits from the treatment. If that isn't an issue for you & you're happy with your clinic I personally don't see any major reason to switch. it's all up to you, though, of course! :-)
EVERYONE - I will find the exact call back regulation we've discussed (24 hours to return the call then 24hours from speaking to the clinic to show up at the clinic for the count/check) later this evening when I get back home & settled.... I don't know the URL off the top of my head, so I'll have to go through my countless (literally over 1000) bookmarks & find it... I will post it when I do & address anymore specific questions/concerns about that issue then.... :-)
ALSO, Everyone, REST ASSURED that there are MANY things going on "behind the scenes" to try to work out some of the NON-evidence-based things that have occurred in TN since Mr. DICK Varney's appointment as commissioner. I can't speak on details, but know that your concerns are NOT unwarranted and are NOT hopeless... :-) Despite the regs that went into effect this past Dec/Jan I have reason to be VERY optimistic about POSITIVE changes in this State.... I say this only to try to give TN residents & patients who have dealt with issues getting the best treatment possible a little HOPE for a BRIGHTER and BETTER future in Tennessee for medication-assisted treatment patients!!
Again, I'll go through this feed & read every comment in detail later on when I get back home... Just wanted to touch base, explain my absence & say a few words on some things I noticed while skimming....