Paula E. Adams, COTA

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Bait and Switch
by Alicia013 at Citysearch
My experience with MHG is unfortunately just like some of the worst experiences here. I want to address my grievances on a coherant basis:
1. As a new patient you will be seen by a physicians assisstant (or PA). The PA has not had the same schooling as the Doctor. They are assisstants like executive assisstants are. They are knowledgable in medicine like any nurse but they have some unique training in limited diagnostics and have limited prescribing powers.
My PA was L. She was set to hard sell me on a treatment approach that I wasn't prepared for the minute she entered the door. MHG has you sign a lot of paperwork getting you to agree to "do whatever they want you to do" before you ever walk in the door. At the time I signed those papers I thought "sure, of course, if it will treat my pain" why would i refuse?. When L made her pitch however it was clear that if I were to go to the "Hospital" (a nice word MHG uses for a true-lockdown Psychiatric Unit) for the required 5 to 7 days, I would be giving these people carte blanche to mess with all my medications not just my pain medications. I would in fact be accepting Dr D as my Psychiatrist as well as my Pain Management Doctor wthout MY KNOWING CONSENT. L commented how some of my medicines were old fashioned and harmful which as a scientist, I know they aren't. She said they were going to change those they didn't like and use "newer & better" medications. She never ASKED if they could touch my psyche meds or that they would even call MY ACTUAL PSYCHIATRIST. They were just going to change these medications.
This is the old BAIT & SWITCH (B&S). In a B&S certain products are advertised. In this example the product is Pain Management (PM). Then when the consumer shows up to take advantage of the offer the sales team will deceptively hard sell the confused consumer a more expensive item they didn't ask for or need.
In MHG's case this would be their ability to tap your insurance (and ultimately you) for many Medical Services you don't need and aren't aware you've agreed to in the first case (they actually make you sign something that says you are not planning to go thru a bankruptcy. At the time my husband and I signed it we thought it was a insensitive thing to ask - but now I know it is because this is all about being paid!).
2. Now, in reference to the quality of the people at this house of mirrors:
L - If you get L she will come into your room and hard sell you that what every other doctor has done to you is no good and that "we have much better drugs available". She will inform or at least insinuate to you that you are drug addicted and drug seeking even when you know you aren't. If you challenge her on it she will tell you all about her "18 years with neurosurgeons" or some such thing. She will talk over you and almost dare you to challenge her. When you do she will pull out her "18 years as a such and such with neurosurgeons" speech which she apparently equates with going to medical school, doing an Internship, doing a Residency in Neurophysiology (and Neurosurgery), and a Residency in Psychiatry (with prestigious Fellowships, of course!).
Now as far as Dr. D goes I can't tell you much because all he did was (literally) swoop in at the right time to impress the dire need for hospitaliztion (PSYCHE WARD). The most memorable thing that he said was when my husband said there was a money concern to which Dr. D actually said, "money, money, everyones always concerned with money! This will help you. Don't think about money!" Yeah. In my world money is still a big deal...he never did offer to pay for it hmself. I wonder why?
The worst thing I can say about MHG and Dr. D is that these people get a patient at their most vulnerable time and they take full advantage of them.

Paul's review below must have been written by a MHG worker. No part of what he says is true. The truth of MGH is that they will get you on Suboxone and replace your current meds with the more expensive meds of thier sponsors (see the slideshow on there website). Buried deep in this slideshow is the list of sponsors/vendors MHG probably gets money from in return for them putting you on the sponsor/vendor medications. The header on this page is "Companies that request our expert consulting services...". Yeah, it is interesting that the drugs they push most like Suboxone are made and provided by these companies.

Protect yourself. Don't go to clinics specializing in "Pain Management". Find an individual doctor who will listen to you and help you. Physicians who don't listen to you don't know what's wrong with you.

Pros: You don't See It Coming!!!!!!!!!!!
Cons: So they can take every penny you have.

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Bait and Switch
by Alicia013 at Citysearch
My experience with MHG is unfortunately just like some of the worst experiences here. I want to address my grievances on a coherant basis:
1. As a new patient you will be seen by a physicians assisstant (or PA). The PA has not had the same schooling as the Doctor. They are assisstants like executive assisstants are. They are knowledgable in medicine like any nurse but they have some unique training in limited diagnostics and have limited prescribing powers.
My PA was L. She was set to hard sell me on a treatment approach that I wasn't prepared for the minute she entered the door. MHG has you sign a lot of paperwork getting you to agree to "do whatever they want you to do" before you ever walk in the door. At the time I signed those papers I thought "sure, of course, if it will treat my pain" why would i refuse?. When L made her pitch however it was clear that if I were to go to the "Hospital" (a nice word MHG uses for a true-lockdown Psychiatric Unit) for the required 5 to 7 days, I would be giving these people carte blanche to mess with all my medications not just my pain medications. I would in fact be accepting Dr D as my Psychiatrist as well as my Pain Management Doctor wthout MY KNOWING CONSENT. L commented how some of my medicines were old fashioned and harmful which as a scientist, I know they aren't. She said they were going to change those they didn't like and use "newer & better" medications. She never ASKED if they could touch my psyche meds or that they would even call MY ACTUAL PSYCHIATRIST. They were just going to change these medications.
This is the old BAIT & SWITCH (B&S). In a B&S certain products are advertised. In this example the product is Pain Management (PM). Then when the consumer shows up to take advantage of the offer the sales team will deceptively hard sell the confused consumer a more expensive item they didn't ask for or need.
In MHG's case this would be their ability to tap your insurance (and ultimately you) for many Medical Services you don't need and aren't aware you've agreed to in the first case (they actually make you sign something that says you are not planning to go thru a bankruptcy. At the time my husband and I signed it we thought it was a insensitive thing to ask - but now I know it is because this is all about being paid!).
2. Now, in reference to the quality of the people at this house of mirrors:
L - If you get L she will come into your room and hard sell you that what every other doctor has done to you is no good and that "we have much better drugs available". She will inform or at least insinuate to you that you are drug addicted and drug seeking even when you know you aren't. If you challenge her on it she will tell you all about her "18 years with neurosurgeons" or some such thing. She will talk over you and almost dare you to challenge her. When you do she will pull out her "18 years as a such and such with neurosurgeons" speech which she apparently equates with going to medical school, doing an Internship, doing a Residency in Neurophysiology (and Neurosurgery), and a Residency in Psychiatry (with prestigious Fellowships, of course!).
Now as far as Dr. D goes I can't tell you much because all he did was (literally) swoop in at the right time to impress the dire need for hospitaliztion (PSYCHE WARD). The most memorable thing that he said was when my husband said there was a money concern to which Dr. D actually said, "money, money, everyones always concerned with money! This will help you. Don't think about money!" Yeah. In my world money is still a big deal...he never did offer to pay for it hmself. I wonder why?
The worst thing I can say about MHG and Dr. D is that these people get a patient at their most vulnerable time and they take full advantage of them.

Paul's review below must have been written by a MHG worker. No part of what he says is true. The truth of MGH is that they will get you on Suboxone and replace your current meds with the more expensive meds of thier sponsors (see the slideshow on there website). Buried deep in this slideshow is the list of sponsors/vendors MHG probably gets money from in return for them putting you on the sponsor/vendor medications. The header on this page is "Companies that request our expert consulting services...". Yeah, it is interesting that the drugs they push most like Suboxone are made and provided by these companies.

Protect yourself. Don't go to clinics specializing in "Pain Management". Find an individual doctor who will listen to you and help you. Physicians who don't listen to you don't know what's wrong with you.

Pros: You don't See It Coming!!!!!!!!!!!
Cons: So they can take every penny you have.

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My experience with MHG is unfortunately just like some of the worst experiences here. I want to address my grievances on a coherant basis:

1. As a new patient you will be seen by a physicians assisstant (or PA). The PA has not had the same schooling as the Doctor. They are assisstants like executive assisstants are. They are knowledgable in medicine like any nurse but they have some unique training in limited diagnostics and have limited prescribing powers.

My PA was L. She was set to hard sell me on a treatment approach that I wasn't prepared for the minute she entered the door. MHG has you sign a lot of paperwork getting you to agree to "do whatever they want you to do" before you ever walk in the door. At the time I signed those papers I thought "sure, of course, if it will treat my pain" why would i refuse?. When L made her pitch however it was clear that if I were to go to the "Hospital" (a nice word MHG uses for a true-lockdown Psychiatric Unit) for the required 5 to 7 days, I would be giving these people carte blanche to mess with all my medications not just my pain medications. I would in fact be accepting Dr D as my Psychiatrist as well as my Pain Management Doctor wthout MY KNOWING CONSENT. L commented how some of my medicines were old fashioned and harmful which as a scientist, I know they aren't. She said they were going to change those they didn't like and use "newer & better" medications. She never ASKED if they could touch my psyche meds or that they would even call MY ACTUAL PSYCHIATRIST. They were just going to change these medications.

This is the old BAIT & SWITCH (B&S). In a B&S certain products are advertised. In this example the product is Pain Management (PM). Then when the consumer shows up to take advantage of the offer the sales team will deceptively hard sell the confused consumer a more expensive item they didn't ask for or need.

In MHG's case this would be their ability to tap your insurance (and ultimately you) for many Medical Services you don't need and aren't aware you've agreed to in the first case (they actually make you sign something that says you are not planning to go thru a bankruptcy. At the time my husband and I signed it we thought it was a insensitive thing to ask - but now I know it is because this is all about being paid!).

2. Now, in reference to the quality of the people at this house of mirrors:

L - If you get L she will come into your room and hard sell you that what every other doctor has done to you is no good and that "we have much better drugs available". She will inform or at least insinuate to you that you are drug addicted and drug seeking even when you know you aren't. If you challenge her on it she will tell you all about her "18 years with neurosurgeons" or some such thing. She will talk over you and almost dare you to challenge her. When you do she will pull out her "18 years as a such and such with neurosurgeons" speech which she apparently equates with going to medical school, doing an Internship, doing a Residency in Neurophysiology (and Neurosurgery), and a Residency in Psychiatry (with prestigious Fellowships, of course!).

Now as far as Dr. D goes I can't tell you much because all he did was (literally) swoop in at the right time to impress the dire need for hospitaliztion (PSYCHE WARD). The most memorable thing that he said was when my husband said there was a money concern to which Dr. D actually said, "money, money, everyones always concerned with money! This will help you. Don't think about money!" Yeah. In my world money is still a big deal...he never did offer to pay for it hmself. I wonder why?

The worst thing I can say about MHG and Dr. D is that these people get a patient at their most vulnerable time and they take full advantage of them.

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My experience with MHG is unfortunately just like some of the worst experiences here. I want to address my grievances on a coherant basis:

1. As a new patient you will be seen by a physicians assisstant (or PA). The PA has not had the same schooling as the Doctor. They are assisstants like executive assisstants are. They are knowledgable in medicine like any nurse but they have some unique training in limited diagnostics and have limited prescribing powers.

My PA was L. She was set to hard sell me on a treatment approach that I wasn't prepared for the minute she entered the door. MHG has you sign a lot of paperwork getting you to agree to "do whatever they want you to do" before you ever walk in the door. At the time I signed those papers I thought "sure, of course, if it will treat my pain" why would i refuse?. When L made her pitch however it was clear that if I were to go to the "Hospital" (a nice word MHG uses for a true-lockdown Psychiatric Unit) for the required 5 to 7 days, I would be giving these people carte blanche to mess with all my medications not just my pain medications. I would in fact be accepting Dr D as my Psychiatrist as well as my Pain Management Doctor wthout MY KNOWING CONSENT. L commented how some of my medicines were old fashioned and harmful which as a scientist, I know they aren't. She said they were going to change those they didn't like and use "newer & better" medications. She never ASKED if they could touch my psyche meds or that they would even call MY ACTUAL PSYCHIATRIST. They were just going to change these medications.

This is the old BAIT & SWITCH (B&S). In a B&S certain products are advertised. In this example the product is Pain Management (PM). Then when the consumer shows up to take advantage of the offer the sales team will deceptively hard sell the confused consumer a more expensive item they didn't ask for or need.

In MHG's case this would be their ability to tap your insurance (and ultimately you) for many Medical Services you don't need and aren't aware you've agreed to in the first case (they actually make you sign something that says you are not planning to go thru a bankruptcy. At the time my husband and I signed it we thought it was a insensitive thing to ask - but now I know it is because this is all about being paid!).

2. Now, in reference to the quality of the people at this house of mirrors:

L - If you get L she will come into your room and hard sell you that what every other doctor has done to you is no good and that "we have much better drugs available". She will inform or at least insinuate to you that you are drug addicted and drug seeking even when you know you aren't. If you challenge her on it she will tell you all about her "18 years with neurosurgeons" or some such thing. She will talk over you and almost dare you to challenge her. When you do she will pull out her "18 years as a such and such with neurosurgeons" speech which she apparently equates with going to medical school, doing an Internship, doing a Residency in Neurophysiology (and Neurosurgery), and a Residency in Psychiatry (with prestigious Fellowships, of course!).

Now as far as Dr. D goes I can't tell you much because all he did was (literally) swoop in at the right time to impress the dire need for hospitaliztion (PSYCHE WARD). The most memorable thing that he said was when my husband said there was a money concern to which Dr. D actually said, "money, money, everyones always concerned with money! This will help you. Don't think about money!" Yeah. In my world money is still a big deal...he never did offer to pay for it hmself. I wonder why?

The worst thing I can say about MHG and Dr. D is that these people get a patient at their most vulnerable time and they take full advantage of them.

Pros: You don't See It Coming!!!!!!!!!!!

Cons: So they can take every penny you have.

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I just completed a 25 mile bike ride. A little over a year ago after having a laminectomy on my spine's L3 & L4, and my family physician prescribing massive doses Opana, I was in constant pain and barely able to walk even with the help of a cain.
I made an appointment w/MHG, first completing their rather lengthy and detailed medical history questionairre--which apparently some of the reviewers hysterically consider to be overly burdensome. I viewed this as a positive in that MHG were not simply quacks, and expected an honest preview of the history of my problem. Anyway, it is true that they did prescribe Suboxone for me, and I'm grateful that they did; and they also offered a whole array of treatments--some of them worked ok for the short term. But their goal has been to provide PAIN relief with the least amount of medication as possible. One year later, I still take suboxone, but not every day. I am not pain free, but my pain is certainly manageable, and I can do just about everything that I did 3 years ago before my injuries. I have always found the staff to be courteous, conscientious, and HONEST...the only time I've seen anyone disatisfied, was one person was ranting about how they needed a stronger narcotic. My family MD had me hooked on a nasty drug and I was still in pain. MHG saved me from addiction, and taught me how to manage pain! I drive 1 1/2 hours one-way to see them, and I'd recommend them to anyone who is honest about managing their pain--not anesthetising it.

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I just completed a 25 mile bike ride. A little over a year ago after having a laminectomy on my spine's L3 & L4, and my family physician prescribing massive doses Opana, I was in constant pain and barely able to walk even with the help of a cain.
I made an appointment w/MHG, first completing their rather lengthy and detailed medical history questionairre--which apparently some of the reviewers hysterically consider to be overly burdensome. I viewed this as a positive in that MHG were not simply quacks, and expected an honest preview of the history of my problem. Anyway, it is true that they did prescribe Suboxone for me, and I'm grateful that they did; and they also offered a whole array of treatments--some of them worked ok for the short term. But their goal has been to provide PAIN relief with the least amount of medication as possible. One year later, I still take suboxone, but not every day. I am not pain free, but my pain is certainly manageable, and I can do just about everything that I did 3 years ago before my injuries. I have always found the staff to be courteous, conscientious, and HONEST...the only time I've seen anyone disatisfied, was one person was ranting about how they needed a stronger narcotic. My family MD had me hooked on a nasty drug and I was still in pain. MHG saved me from addiction, and taught me how to manage pain! I drive 1 1/2 hours one-way to see them, and I'd recommend them to anyone who is honest about managing their pain--not anesthetising it.

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Interestingly enough, I love Meridian Health Group. I'm a 19 year old female, soon to be 20, who has had chronic pain since I was 12. I've suffered knee dislocations and in return, from my home town in Michigan, recieved 5 years of physical therapy that ended no where. I changed doctors twice in the small town where I live before finding one who actually considered that I might have a problem.
This new doctor, still in my home town decided I needed surgery desperately because of a tracking issue I was having in my knees. We went forth with surgery. Long story short, it didn't work and made my pain worse.
I was a very active individual, participating in dance, soccer, marching band and cheerleading. Because of the surgery and the back fire, I was unable to perform at the 2009 Fiesta Bowl Competition that my high school marching band was invited to. Best part? I was the soloist in 3 numbers.
In June of '09, desperate for answers, my family and I made the long hall to Rochester, MN to, that's right...Mayo Clinic. Another long story short, they told me I had a sad situation, and there was literally nothing they could do to help me. Further, they perscribed me Darvocet, which is an ancient pain killer, because my Viccodin wasn't 'recepting' anymore.
A very painful summer followed, and I went to a small University, in Anderson, IN, about 3 hours south of my home town. During the semester I had excruciating pain, and could no longer take it. I went to see my PA and she told me about pain clinics. Where I'm from, there's one. And I'd been told not to go there. We decided to choose one closer to me at school, thus being Meridian Health Group.
Within minutes of me sitting in the room, they were running tests; x-rays, physical examinations, psychological questioning (etc.) They really wanted to get to the bottom of my problem that had been 'no big deal' or 'a sad situation' for a few years now. They found 2 things very wrong. 1) I have petollofemerol disorder. The funny part... I asked Mayo about PD, because I had Web MD'd it and they said , NO WAY!. But guess who was wrong. 2) my right leg in longer than my left by 2cm. That's the base measurement when things start going wrong with alignment. Mayo also checked this and didn't find anything wrong. Action was taken right away to switch my pain meds and get me to as many doctors as I needed. Without them, I would be in a wheel chair.

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Interestingly enough, I love Meridian Health Group. I'm a 19 year old female, soon to be 20, who has had chronic pain since I was 12. I've suffered knee dislocations and in return, from my home town in Michigan, recieved 5 years of physical therapy that ended no where. I changed doctors twice in the small town where I live before finding one who actually considered that I might have a problem.
This new doctor, still in my home town decided I needed surgery desperately because of a tracking issue I was having in my knees. We went forth with surgery. Long story short, it didn't work and made my pain worse.
I was a very active individual, participating in dance, soccer, marching band and cheerleading. Because of the surgery and the back fire, I was unable to perform at the 2009 Fiesta Bowl Competition that my high school marching band was invited to. Best part? I was the soloist in 3 numbers.
In June of '09, desperate for answers, my family and I made the long hall to Rochester, MN to, that's right...Mayo Clinic. Another long story short, they told me I had a sad situation, and there was literally nothing they could do to help me. Further, they perscribed me Darvocet, which is an ancient pain killer, because my Viccodin wasn't 'recepting' anymore.
A very painful summer followed, and I went to a small University, in Anderson, IN, about 3 hours south of my home town. During the semester I had excruciating pain, and could no longer take it. I went to see my PA and she told me about pain clinics. Where I'm from, there's one. And I'd been told not to go there. We decided to choose one closer to me at school, thus being Meridian Health Group.
Within minutes of me sitting in the room, they were running tests; x-rays, physical examinations, psychological questioning (etc.) They really wanted to get to the bottom of my problem that had been 'no big deal' or 'a sad situation' for a few years now. They found 2 things very wrong. 1) I have petollofemerol disorder. The funny part... I asked Mayo about PD, because I had Web MD'd it and they said , NO WAY!. But guess who was wrong. 2) my right leg in longer than my left by 2cm. That's the base measurement when things start going wrong with alignment. Mayo also checked this and didn't find anything wrong. Action was taken right away to switch my pain meds and get me to as many doctors as I needed. Without them, I would be in a wheel chair.

Pros: caring doctors, experienced, alternative meds

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Where do I begin?

I was given the same Suboxone sale which everyone who has ever taken the time to review this place has given.
My condition is spinal issues as well as ovarian cysts which are incredibly painful.

Saw Karin and she said this is the only drug, the best drug, and what I needed. I mentioned that I have two children and my husband and I just can't afford the Suboxone, they said well they really can't help me then with anything but Non-narcotic medicines.
Several things which the Nurse and Dr. did were unethical and one was illegal. If anyone is looking to go to the State Medical Board, I'm on board with this. I think a lot of us are scared to speak out as they could flag us as bad patients, but if enough of us mention what happened they wont be able to keep doing it.

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Where do I begin?

I was given the same Suboxone sale which everyone who has ever taken the time to review this place has given.
My condition is spinal issues as well as ovarian cysts which are incredibly painful.

Saw Karin and she said this is the only drug, the best drug, and what I needed. I mentioned that I have two children and my husband and I just can't afford the Suboxone, they said well they really can't help me then with anything but Non-narcotic medicines.
Several things which the Nurse and Dr. did were unethical and one was illegal. If anyone is looking to go to the State Medical Board, I'm on board with this. I think a lot of us are scared to speak out as they could flag us as bad patients, but if enough of us mention what happened they wont be able to keep doing it.

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So I decided to go to MHG yesterday for pain management, DESPITE what I heard on this website. I am desperate for pain relief and it was easy to get into MHG (a little TOO easy). After meeting with Dr. Durell for about 45 mins, he told me he had to consult with Dr. Arbuck before he treated me. 25 minutes later he comes back into the room and tells me he can't treat me because I had a "red flag" in my report. I took two Valium tablets on an old prescription LAST WEEK, so I did not put Valium on my prescription list. And Valium has a very long half-life, so of course it is going to show up on my urine drug screen. He told me that I was trying to hide it from him, when I didn't even think it was relevant.

He went on to tell me that IF he were to treat me, I would have to come back in a few weeks with no Valium in my system. So I was like ok, thats fine...but then he said I would have to take Suboxone, like I was some drug addict. I already told him before that I have taken Suboxone for pain, and it did not relieve my pain, and it gave me a rash and headaches. Suboxone is a drug that is not even FDA approved for pain. He told me that the only way they would treat me is if I took Suboxone for a while again. I walked out the door and did not schedule another appointment.

MHG is NOT SYMPATHETIC to your pain. They just try to throw Suboxone at you like you're a drug-ravaged criminal and they don't even try to treat you with other medications like it says on their website. They also did not want to treat me because I had seen many doctors in the past for pain. He wanted me to get medical records for every doctor I had seen in the past year! I told him that was impossible for me, for I had seen over 10 in the past year for various ailments.

I knew MHG was too good to be true. I didn't even need a doctors referral to get into MHG, even though I had one. Every descent pain doctor will make you get a referral. And another thing was, I got an appointment 5 days after I called MHG. I have NEVER gotten into a doctor like this that quick! How am I supposed to get medical records from 10 doctors in 5 days?! And what is up with that $65 dollar fee to schedule an appointment? Paying money to see a doctor before you even meet them is bogus.

So needless to say, DO NOT GO TO MHG (unless you want a Suboxone prescription, and there are cheaper and easier ways to get on Suboxone)! If you look at Dr. Arbuck's biography or "curriculum vitae" Reckitt-Benckiser sponsors his clinic. So it looks like Reckitt-Benckiser has MHG wrapped around their little finger. They have MHG prescribe drugs like Suboxone and Zofran, two VERY, VERY expensive drugs if you don't have insurance.

DO NOT GO TO MHG! It is a waste of time, and there are much better pain doctors you can go to in the Indianapolis area. I would recommend Dr. Schlomer at Indy Pain Group.

HEED MY WARNING, DO NOT GO HERE!

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So I decided to go to MHG yesterday for pain management, DESPITE what I heard on this website. I am desperate for pain relief and it was easy to get into MHG (a little TOO easy). After meeting with Dr. Durell for about 45 mins, he told me he had to consult with Dr. Arbuck before he treated me. 25 minutes later he comes back into the room and tells me he can't treat me because I had a "red flag" in my report. I took two Valium tablets on an old prescription LAST WEEK, so I did not put Valium on my prescription list. And Valium has a very long half-life, so of course it is going to show up on my urine drug screen. He told me that I was trying to hide it from him, when I didn't even think it was relevant.

He went on to tell me that IF he were to treat me, I would have to come back in a few weeks with no Valium in my system. So I was like ok, thats fine...but then he said I would have to take Suboxone, like I was some drug addict. I already told him before that I have taken Suboxone for pain, and it did not relieve my pain, and it gave me a rash and headaches. Suboxone is a drug that is not even FDA approved for pain. He told me that the only way they would treat me is if I took Suboxone for a while again. I walked out the door and did not schedule another appointment.

MHG is NOT SYMPATHETIC to your pain. They just try to throw Suboxone at you like you're a drug-ravaged criminal and they don't even try to treat you with other medications like it says on their website. They also did not want to treat me because I had seen many doctors in the past for pain. He wanted me to get medical records for every doctor I had seen in the past year! I told him that was impossible for me, for I had seen over 10 in the past year for various ailments.

I knew MHG was too good to be true. I didn't even need a doctors referral to get into MHG, even though I had one. Every descent pain doctor will make you get a referral. And another thing was, I got an appointment 5 days after I called MHG. I have NEVER gotten into a doctor like this that quick! How am I supposed to get medical records from 10 doctors in 5 days?! And what is up with that $65 dollar fee to schedule an appointment? Paying money to see a doctor before you even meet them is bogus.

So needless to say, DO NOT GO TO MHG (unless you want a Suboxone prescription, and there are cheaper and easier ways to get on Suboxone)! If you look at Dr. Arbuck's biography or "curriculum vitae" Reckitt-Benckiser sponsors his clinic. So it looks like Reckitt-Benckiser has MHG wrapped around their little finger. They have MHG prescribe drugs like Suboxone and Zofran, two VERY, VERY expensive drugs if you don't have insurance.

DO NOT GO TO MHG! It is a waste of time, and there are much better pain doctors you can go to in the Indianapolis area. I would recommend Dr. Schlomer at Indy Pain Group.

HEED MY WARNING, DO NOT GO HERE!

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Pros: Quality Medical Practice

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I would defiantly recommend Meridian Health Group to others, as I have done in the past. They were interested in dealing with all of the problems I was experiencing. I have a great family doctor, but he couldn??t address my pain. Dr. Arbuck and his staff listened and offered up an alternative to my previous therapy. They stated from the beginning that my previous medications were not working as I was still in pain even on those medications. I am currently not taking narcotics and my pain is controlled. As for cost, it is like any other doctors office. They submit to insurance. I have good insurance but I have co-insurance due. I too had a cancellation fee. But I know there policy and I had to cancel the same day. I continue to be a very satisfied patient.

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I would defiantly recommend Meridian Health Group to others, as I have done in the past. They were interested in dealing with all of the problems I was experiencing. I have a great family doctor, but he couldn??t address my pain. Dr. Arbuck and his staff listened and offered up an alternative to my previous therapy. They stated from the beginning that my previous medications were not working as I was still in pain even on those medications. I am currently not taking narcotics and my pain is controlled. As for cost, it is like any other doctors office. They submit to insurance. I have good insurance but I have co-insurance due. I too had a cancellation fee. But I know there policy and I had to cancel the same day. I continue to be a very satisfied patient.

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AVOID! Problems experienced: You are not directly under Arbuck's care, but only the care of a physician's assistant. No discussion of approach of providing care (no contact w/ Arbuck; care only as good as the physican's assistant (PA); impulsive/impromptu visits to other doctors in group (EXPENSIVE); medical devices 30%-40% more expensive than the same item purchased elsewhere; patient not told what services their insurance will/will not cover (don't be surprised by a $500 bill on your first visit).

Regarding the office manager/billing manager Connie, she is the best reflection of Meridian's service -- could care less about the patient, just wants your money. When given an example of unprofessional behavior of the staff, she did not recognize the behavior as reflecting poorly on Meridian and was generally angry and distant.

Meridian is a dealer of suboxone. If you want this pain med, go to Meridian. That was the outcome of the first visit and was determined in the first ten minutes. PA was so unprepared every visit that she had no idea what dosage was being prescribed and often had to be corrected about why the patient was there (this happened at EVERY follow up visit).

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AVOID! Problems experienced: You are not directly under Arbuck's care, but only the care of a physician's assistant. No discussion of approach of providing care (no contact w/ Arbuck; care only as good as the physican's assistant (PA); impulsive/impromptu visits to other doctors in group (EXPENSIVE); medical devices 30%-40% more expensive than the same item purchased elsewhere; patient not told what services their insurance will/will not cover (don't be surprised by a $500 bill on your first visit).

Regarding the office manager/billing manager Connie, she is the best reflection of Meridian's service -- could care less about the patient, just wants your money. When given an example of unprofessional behavior of the staff, she did not recognize the behavior as reflecting poorly on Meridian and was generally angry and distant.

Meridian is a dealer of suboxone. If you want this pain med, go to Meridian. That was the outcome of the first visit and was determined in the first ten minutes. PA was so unprepared every visit that she had no idea what dosage was being prescribed and often had to be corrected about why the patient was there (this happened at EVERY follow up visit).

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I had been going to Meridian seeing Dr. Wright for about 6 months for pain management. One day my doctor was out and they set me up with Karin Clary. She suggested a long acting pain med so I wouldn't have to take so many pills a day. I thought that would be a good idea and I asked if I could try methadone because I have heard good things about it.
She suggested suboxone and I said I would rather not and that I would prefer methadone. I have heard bad things about suboxone.
She said if the suboxone does not work out then we could try another pain medication. She named about 3 or 4 different ones. I asked to try methadone if suboxone did not work and she said yes. She kept repeating how suboxone was such a good medication for pain.

The day that I converted to suboxone Dr. Arbuck handled all conversions and he told me that suboxone was the strongest pain medication on the market. I said I heard methadone worked pretty well and he said methadone was the worst medication for pain.
Well....I went off narcotics like I was asked and suboxone did not help my pain very much. It gave me horrible headaches in which made it hard for me to concentrate, and confused.

I had a few appointments with Dr. Wright and he wanted me to give it more time to work. About 3 months went by and once again, my doctor was not there and I had to see Karin.

I went over everything with her about how I can not take suboxone anymore. I just could not tolerate it. The headaches were too bad and it barely touched my neck and shoulder pain. I brought my leftover suboxone in and set it down on the counter so they could dispose of it and asked to try methadone.
She paused for a minute and said well, you're not going back on short acting pain meds. It's suboxone or nothing!...so I said o.k. then...nothing!
She flipped her laptop closed, picked it up, and walked out of the room. She never gave me prescriptions for any of the medications I needed....xanax was one of the medications. You can not go cold turkey off of xanax or you will have a seizure. You can not go cold turkey off of suboxone either. Luckily my family doctor helped me with xanax and lortabs until I could find another doctor in which was very hard for me to do because she wrote "STRONG CONCERNS OF ADDICTIONS OR DEPENDENCY"
in my medical file.

Every urine screen I have ever had in that place has been clean. There were a few times that they wanted me to detox off my narcotics and I complied each time. She made me take a urine screen that day also even though I was not supposed to.

I tried to see a pain management doctor in my town and she called Meridian to find out why they wanted me on suboxone and Dr. Arbuck told them they wanted me off all addicting substances.....Why????? He's not even my doctor so why is he calling the shots??

One month Dr. Wright prescribed me adderall so I can concentrate and stay awake Karin Clary told me I can not have them and would not prescribe me any more.

I called a hotline for suboxone, and I even have a suboxone pamplet that states that suboxone is not intended for pain. It is for people that are addicted to narcotics to help them to get off the narcotics.

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I had been going to Meridian seeing Dr. Wright for about 6 months for pain management. One day my doctor was out and they set me up with Karin Clary. She suggested a long acting pain med so I wouldn't have to take so many pills a day. I thought that would be a good idea and I asked if I could try methadone because I have heard good things about it.
She suggested suboxone and I said I would rather not and that I would prefer methadone. I have heard bad things about suboxone.
She said if the suboxone does not work out then we could try another pain medication. She named about 3 or 4 different ones. I asked to try methadone if suboxone did not work and she said yes. She kept repeating how suboxone was such a good medication for pain.

The day that I converted to suboxone Dr. Arbuck handled all conversions and he told me that suboxone was the strongest pain medication on the market. I said I heard methadone worked pretty well and he said methadone was the worst medication for pain.
Well....I went off narcotics like I was asked and suboxone did not help my pain very much. It gave me horrible headaches in which made it hard for me to concentrate, and confused.

I had a few appointments with Dr. Wright and he wanted me to give it more time to work. About 3 months went by and once again, my doctor was not there and I had to see Karin.

I went over everything with her about how I can not take suboxone anymore. I just could not tolerate it. The headaches were too bad and it barely touched my neck and shoulder pain. I brought my leftover suboxone in and set it down on the counter so they could dispose of it and asked to try methadone.
She paused for a minute and said well, you're not going back on short acting pain meds. It's suboxone or nothing!...so I said o.k. then...nothing!
She flipped her laptop closed, picked it up, and walked out of the room. She never gave me prescriptions for any of the medications I needed....xanax was one of the medications. You can not go cold turkey off of xanax or you will have a seizure. You can not go cold turkey off of suboxone either. Luckily my family doctor helped me with xanax and lortabs until I could find another doctor in which was very hard for me to do because she wrote "STRONG CONCERNS OF ADDICTIONS OR DEPENDENCY"
in my medical file.

Every urine screen I have ever had in that place has been clean. There were a few times that they wanted me to detox off my narcotics and I complied each time. She made me take a urine screen that day also even though I was not supposed to.

I tried to see a pain management doctor in my town and she called Meridian to find out why they wanted me on suboxone and Dr. Arbuck told them they wanted me off all addicting substances.....Why????? He's not even my doctor so why is he calling the shots??

One month Dr. Wright prescribed me adderall so I can concentrate and stay awake Karin Clary told me I can not have them and would not prescribe me any more.

I called a hotline for suboxone, and I even have a suboxone pamplet that states that suboxone is not intended for pain. It is for people that are addicted to narcotics to help them to get off the narcotics.

Pros: DR. WRIGHT IS A GOOD DOCTOR

Cons: DOCTORS WILL LIE RIGHT TO YOUR FACE

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I love MHG. The staff always know me by name when I come in or call. Dr. Arbuck has always been very concerned and apathetic towards me, as well as his staff. I've been offered treatment that has been thoughtfully detailed for my specific case and in the year since my treatments started, I have greatly improved.

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I love MHG. The staff always know me by name when I come in or call. Dr. Arbuck has always been very concerned and apathetic towards me, as well as his staff. I've been offered treatment that has been thoughtfully detailed for my specific case and in the year since my treatments started, I have greatly improved.

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I would not recommend Meridian Health Group located in Carmel, IN and owned by Dr. Dimitry Arbuck for the following reasons:

While a patient at Meridian Health Group I experienced a breach of confidentiality regarding my medical information, inconsiderate staff, complications with their billing department specifically the office manager, Connie. Poor communication between Dr. Arbuck and his physician assistant who is no longer there. Initially I was told that as a patient if I had any questions I should contact my physician at anytime. When I tried to Dr. Arbuck he had an office staff member neither (non-physician nor medical staff personnel) return my call to discuss medical information with me directly. This is an example of the breach of confidentiality mentioned above. When I tried to ask for to speak with Dr. Arbuck they individual stated he was not available. Last but not least the perception at Meridian Health Group is that they are out to just make a buck and not there to help the patient. They have multiple tactics in order to charge the patient, for example if you forget to call within a certain timeframe you will be charged $65.00! It is for these reasons and many more why I would NOT recommend Meridian Health Group to anyone.

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I would not recommend Meridian Health Group located in Carmel, IN and owned by Dr. Dimitry Arbuck for the following reasons:

While a patient at Meridian Health Group I experienced a breach of confidentiality regarding my medical information, inconsiderate staff, complications with their billing department specifically the office manager, Connie. Poor communication between Dr. Arbuck and his physician assistant who is no longer there. Initially I was told that as a patient if I had any questions I should contact my physician at anytime. When I tried to Dr. Arbuck he had an office staff member neither (non-physician nor medical staff personnel) return my call to discuss medical information with me directly. This is an example of the breach of confidentiality mentioned above. When I tried to ask for to speak with Dr. Arbuck they individual stated he was not available. Last but not least the perception at Meridian Health Group is that they are out to just make a buck and not there to help the patient. They have multiple tactics in order to charge the patient, for example if you forget to call within a certain timeframe you will be charged $65.00! It is for these reasons and many more why I would NOT recommend Meridian Health Group to anyone.

Cons: Poor Communicatoin, breach of confidentiality regarding my medical information, inconsiderate staff, complications with their billing department specifically the office manager, Connie

 

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