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Health insurers take different positions on Dr. Gosy’s patients

The area’s three major health insurers, in statements issued Monday, took different positions regarding Dr. Eugene J. Gosy, the Willliamsville pain doctor who is under federal investigation, and his practice.

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York declared, “Gosy & Associates and their affiliated physicians are no longer participating providers in all networks.”

Independent Health said it was taking action only on Gosy.

“The removal of Dr. Gosy from our network does not affect the other practicing physician in Dr. Gosy’s office,” a spokesman noted.

Univera Healthcare’s statement said simply, “At this time, we have not taken any actions.”

BlueCross Blueshield said it would help its members find “alternative solutions to accessing pain management care within our network,” advising them to call the customer service number on their membership ID cards.

Independent Health said that since Gosy surrendered his Drug Enforcement Administration registration, “this prevents (him) from prescribing controlled substances, which is a significant part of his practice. In addition, he has been charged with crimes related to the practice of medicine. Under terms of his contract with us, we have removed him (from) our participating provider network as a result of these developments.”

Independent Health added that it has notified those members who are Gosy’s patients of the change.