Greensboro doctor alters care over lack of funding

GREENSBORO, NC (WGHP) — A Triad doctor’s office is adjusting its care after not receiving the necessary funding through a state program.

Many people in the southeast Greensboro community rely on Triad Medical Group, formerly Evans-Blount Total Access Care, for care.

Dr Shamsher Ahulwalia, psychiatrist, took over the practice in 2019.

Dr. Ahulwalia tells FOX8 the state gives them about $1 million a year to offset the cost of seeing patients with Medicaid.

This year, that funding ended, forcing it to shut down primary care services at the office.

From now on, only psychiatric services will be offered to patients.

Dr Ahluwalia tells FOX8 that without funding he cannot pay staff to provide basic primary care.

Donna Odem worked as a nurse practitioner at the office for four years.

“I believe in looking at the whole person. Patients are whole people and their needs must be met,” Odem said.

Over the years, she’s seen people fill the waiting room with high blood pressure, thyroid issues, and physical ailments.

Now people like Buddy Haith who need heart and blood pressure medication will have to seek care elsewhere.

“They didn’t notify us,” Haith said.

Dr. Ahluwalia tells FOX8 that he made sure every patient was aware of the change. His front desk employees phoned current patients.

“I sent over 100 postcards to let people know, and I plan to send 100 more,” Odem said.

Haith takes what happened personally.

“It’s like a slap in the face…they didn’t care because of the neighborhood we were in,” Haith said.

Odem and Dr. Ahluwalia recognize that mental health care is still extremely important. They try to do what they can for the community through this line of care.

FOX8 contacted the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to find out why funding has stopped.

The office is now open at 2520-E Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. in Greensboro on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dr Ahulwalia says the practice will move from the current location in Fairview Street on October 1.

The office is using a new phone number for all patients with questions at 919-224-9362.

The firm also has an office in Burlington which can be reached at (336) 570-0104.

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