Recently released data shows how much doctors across the country are paid by Medicare. A scrutinized Huntsville clinic specializing in an uncommon type of drug injection is an outlier among the numbers.
Patient Dana Lang undergoes an X-ray of her implanted pain pump in early May at the Alabama Pain Center. Lang is one of more than 300 clinic patients who have a hockey-puck-size implant that dispenses pain medication into their body throughout the day. Although some experts consider the implanted pump to be an unusual and controversial last resort of pain management, it has become a signature treatment at the center. Linda Davidson/The Washington Post Buy Photo