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BCBS puts Gosy & Associates back in network

Posted at 8:13 AM, May 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 06:07:36-04

A health insurance company that dropped Dr. Eugene Gosy and his office from their network after the Williamsville physician was charged with federal crimes is changing course.

Without Dr. Gosy to supervise the nurse practioners and physician assistants at Gosy & Associates, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (BCBS) says when it dropped Dr. Gosy, it made it impossible to cover the rest of his staff.

However, in an effort to ensure their patients have the ability to get their medications, BCBS says it worked with UBMD, Hospice Buffalo, The New York State Department of Health and the Erie County Medical Society to pull together a group of current and former physicians from Hospice Buffalo who can fill in and supervise the office.

Dr. Gosy will be reinstated as a non-participating member and his staff will be covered as participating providers.

“The termination of Dr. Gosy from our network was not the result of any criminal investigation; it was about protecting the safety of our members and quality of care they receive,” said Dr. Thomas Schenk, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.

“Since the termination, we have been focused on helping our members access other options for pain management treatment. With the valuable leadership of Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Hospice Buffalo, UBMD and the Erie County Medical Society, we have been able to reinstate Gosy & Associates to our network for our members.”

Dr. Gosy's office is scheduled to re-open on Monday, May 16.

Univera Healthcare, its parent company Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, and Indepdent Health dropped Dr. Gosy from their networks, but did not drop his staff.

Dr. Gosy is facing a 114 count indictment of over-prescribing opioids, and is currently not allowed to write any prescriptions for controlled substances.