The White House Drug Czar today released a report lauding what the WH a decrease in prescription painkiller abuse. But he quickly added that in the view of the federal government, prescription painkiller abuse is still at “epidemic” levels and that enforcement against it will continue.
What does this mean for you as a healthcare provider? It means everything the Feds and state and local authorities are doing now will continue. From document requests, to prescription rate monitoring via database and by anecdotal and other evidence, to sting operations of suspected corrupt practitioners, current efforts will not abate. What if you are, like most practitioners, ethical and not corrupt? You need to be vigilant in your efforts to comply with the federal and state criminal laws regulating the prescription of Schedule II painkillers. From patient intake to prescription monitoring to informed consent to treatment review, to knowing that “FDA” recommendations morph into “requirements” if they find you out of compliance, you need to protect yourself and your practice. Remember: While the world’s greatest neurosurgeon can get inside a DEA agent’s brain to operate, the doctor still won’t know what the agent is thinking, or how certain things in an office or on a prescription monitoring list look from the standpoint of law enforcement. Be careful; be prepared; be in compliance.
Painkiller Law: Criminal Law Compliance for Healthcare Providers, is a service of the Meister Law Offices and can help you verify, achieve and maintain compliance with the criminal law of prescribing Schedule II pain medication. Call us at 213.293.3737 for a free consultation, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t become the Drug Czar’s next poster child.