I am pleased to announce that I will be speaking in an upcoming Strafford live webinar, “Prescription Audits: When the DEA or AG Come Knocking” scheduled for Wednesday, August 22, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and state attorneys general (AGs) are increasing scrutiny on medical providers at all levels who are involved in prescribing, administering, and/or dispensing controlled substances, especially opiates and other abused drugs. Counsel should prepare providers for DEA or state AG audits and investigations of their practices and to meet varying recordkeeping requirements, including those for prescribing and/or dispensing buprenorphine.
Providers should be aware of the extent to which regulators are “mining” prescribing patterns by reviewing various state prescription drug monitoring programs and used as a basis for further investigation. Investigations also stem from wholesaler reports of suspicious transactions.
Providers with prescription authority must comply with both federal and state drug regulations. Failure to comply—whether negligent or intentional—could result in penalties, including fines, being stripped of the ability to lawfully prescribe, and potential criminal prosecution.
Counsel and providers should understand their potential liability exposure, develop effective policies and procedures, and be prepared to encounter and respond to an audit and to take corrective steps to ensure federal and state law compliance and mitigate damages.
Our panel will discuss the increased scrutiny of healthcare providers’ prescribing and dispensing practices by the DEA and state AG through their medical boards and other actions, and will guide counsel in preparing for and responding to prescription audits and ensuring ongoing regulatory compliance.
We will review these and other crucial issues:
What should providers and counsel expect when the DEA or state AG conducts a prescription audit?
What policies and procedures should be in place to ensure compliance with federal regulations?
What are best practices for counsel to providers facing a DEA or state AG audit?
After our presentations, we will engage in a live question and answer session with participants so we can answer your questions about these important issues directly.
I hope you’ll join us.
For more information or to register go to Stafford Webinar’s website.
Or call 1-800-926-7926
Ask for Prescription Audits: When the DEA Comes Knocking on 8/22/2018
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