Posted by Ginevra Liptan, MD
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia will close on March 28, 2013. Although we have explored and exhausted every option open to us, the realities of working within the contemporary health-insurance framework cannot sustain a traditional independent practice model. This has been a very difficult decision for all involved.
As for now, our providers are in process of setting up their next practice locations. Your provider will contact you by mail when she has more information on this. Our goal is to make this as seamless a transition as possible for each of you.
Should you not be able to follow your Frida provider to her next location, we will gladly work with your PCP on a plan of care. We recommend you schedule an appointment as soon as possible with both your PCP and your Frida Center provider to establish this transfer plan. Please see the “Frequently Asked Questions” below for more details.
It has been an honor to be a part of your care. Cheryl, Val and I look forward to contributing more to your health, to fibromyalgia research, and especially to training more clinicians to treat this misunderstood illness. We are gratified that The Frida Center has been able to contribute in some small way to this community.
From the entire staff of The Frida Center, we thank you for your support and wish you the best of health.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why do you have to close?
As you know, fibromyalgia is a misunderstood condition, and no one understands it less than major insurance companies. The reimbursements we receive for providing your care are not sufficient to cover our costs. All of us truly love working with our patients, and this has been a heart-wrenching decision.
2. What if I can’t schedule an appointment with The Frida Center or my PCP before March 28?
If you aren’t able to schedule an appointment with your provider here, we will transfer your medical records to your PCP and will work with him or her to maintain your continuity of care. If you aren’t able to schedule an appointment with your PCP before March 28, just make an appointment with him or her at your convenience to discuss your options.
3. How will I obtain refills on my prescriptions?
Prescription refills will be managed on a case-by-case basis. Please consult with your Frida Center provider.
4.I have a pain contract in place with my Frida Center provider. How will your closing affect that?
Again, please talk with your provider. We want this transition to be as stress-free as possible for you.
5. Will you still accept Medicare until you close?
Yes. We will continue to accept Medicare through March 28, 2013.
6. Where are Val and Dr. Liptan going?
Val and Dr. Liptan are exploring options to develop a practice that allows them to serve patients and not insurance companies. Details to follow.
7. Where is Cheryl going?
Plans are still in process, but Cheryl will continue to care for her current patients at her next practice location. Patients will be contacted by mail as plans settle.
8. What about disability/employment paperwork?
Unfortunately, we can no longer complete any disability or employment paperwork. Please speak with your PCP if you need assistance.
9. What about classes in The Studio?
The Studio will remain open through the end of February 2013. Individual classes may end sooner based on the instructor’s discretion. We will update our website as details become available.
10. What about myofascial release therapy?
Spencer Leek will continue his private practice as Broadleaf Healing; information on his new location will be available soon on his website: broadleafhealing.com.
11. What about the support groups?
Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to host any support groups after March 28, 2013. Please visit the Portland Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS Group online at portlandfibrocfs.com to learn more about the group’s new meeting site. The Men with Fibromyalgia Support Group has already ended.
12. Where can I get more information about all this?
New information will be available on our website, fridacenter.com, as it becomes available. We are committed to providing you with as much transparency about and confidence in this process as possible.