Elliot, after doing some research and learning from a reporter that doctors co-own the pharmacy, is concerned that he’s been drawn into a moneymaking scheme.
He said he didn’t know that Pond Lehocky owned the pharmacy — or that doctors were getting a cut.
Rishin Patel, CEO of Insight Medical Partners, and Dr.
Miteswar Purewal, founding partner of Insight and Uplekh Purewal’s brother.
“I would be dead and not sitting here right now if it wasn’t for Pond Lehocky,” Elliot says in a testimonial video on the firm’s website.
This spring, Elliot said, he was seeking a new doctor and his lawyer at Pond Lehocky directed him to Relievus, a network of pain-management clinics.
In October, Pond Lehocky got in the game with its own pharmacy, putting a new twist on the business model.
“It appears what’s happening is, the attorneys looked at mail-order pharmacies and said, ‘Heck, we can capture all that profit ourselves’ with this sort of parasitic relationship with the attorneys referring patients to specific doctors,” Paduda said.
His photo appears on some of the law firm’s billboards.
On its website, Pond Lehocky is vague about its relationship to Workers First, saying it is “partnering” with the pharmacy to help clients get the best pharmaceutical care.
Clients who click through to the pharmacy’s website are told: “Focus on your recovery.
Let us handle the fine print.” That’s what Francis Elliot did when his doctor told him he needed medication carried by Workers First.
Elliot, 51, a former Philadelphia Parking Authority enforcement officer from Fox Chase, has been on workers’ comp for about seven years.