The following was announced via press release on June 27th:
Secretary Robert R. Neall of the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) issued an order requiring Advanced Pain Medicine Institute (APMI), which has offices in Greenbelt, MD, to terminate immediately all collection and processing of COVID-19 specimens.
Order No. MDH 2020-06-27-01 was issued after MDH received a complaint about COVID-19 testing sites operated in coordination with APMI. An investigation by MDH into operations at the APMI sites revealed concerns, including APMI’s lack of a certification to perform COVID-19 tests and patients’ inability to obtain test results.
APMI has conducted COVID-19 testing at several events in recent days, including:
- June 6, 2020 at Church of Philippi, 7422 Race Rd., Hanover, MD 21076
- June 13, 2020 at Southern Baptist Church, 1701 North Chester St., Baltimore, MD 21213
- June 16, 2020 at Bilingual Christian Church, 6000 Erdman Ave., Baltimore, MD 21205
Patients who received COVID-19 tests at any of these events are advised that results may be erroneous. These patients are encouraged to consider getting another test and, if symptomatic, to seek medical attention.
Under today’s order, APMI is being required to notify patients that their test results may be erroneous and to provide a complete accounting of all individuals that it tested to MDH. A separate letter issued by MDH’s Office of Health Care Quality suspends APMI’s license to operate a medical laboratory and perform all laboratory testing.
“The Maryland Department of Health’s primary concern is the health and safety of Marylanders,” said Secretary Neall. “Until Advanced Pain Medicine Institute demonstrates that it is in full compliance with the Code of Maryland Regulations, it must cease all COVID-19 specimen collection and processing.”
MDH is working in conjunction with the local health departments in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Baltimore City to ensure that those who were tested at the events listed above are aware of this action and where they may be retested.
A list of major testing sites in the state can be found at https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/pages/symptoms-testing.
A copy of the secretary’s order can be found at: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Documents/06.27.2020%20-%20MDH%20Order%20-%20APMI.pdf
Noted in the “secretary’s order“:
A COVID-19 test specimen collection site located at Bethel Korean Presbyterian Church, 3165 St. Johns Lane, Ellicott City, 21042, and operated by staff affiliated with Advanced Pain Medicine Institute (APMI), 7501 Greenway Center Drive, Suite 660, Greenbelt, MD 20770, on June 27, 2020 from 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. shall not collect COVID-19 test specimens to be processed by APMI due to concerns about the use of potentially unvalidated PCR assays and the lack of a laboratory medical director. If specimens are collected at this site for COVID-19 testing, they shall only be processed by a CLIA-approved laboratory.
The Howard County Health Department shall take actions necessary for the preservation of public health and to prevent and control COVID-19 at the above COVID-19 test specimen collection site, including, but not limited to closing the testing site.