Healthcare Provider

Even for the best employee, vulnerability and access can lead to a higher rate of abuse.

If you run a healthcare practice, your daily commitment is to the health and well-being of your patients. But sadly, there may be people in your office who are committed to something a little less noble. And when the DEA shows up, “I had no idea!” probably isn’t your best defense strategy.

Today’s DEA rules and regulations are so complex, business owners and practitioners struggle to understand what they should be doing. Plus, the opioid crisis has resulted in more federal and state resources being put toward preventing drug diversion. And, the pressure is on investigators to step up controlled-substance compliance programs and conduct even tougher oversight.

100,000

US doctors, nurses, technicians
and other health professionals struggle
with abuse or addiction.

Source: www.medscape.com/viewarticle/825801

36.4%

of people who misused pain relievers
got them through prescription(s) or stole
them from a health provider.

Source: 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

53.7%

of them bought them, took
them from or were given them
by a friend or relative

Source: 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Hefty civil fines are being levied against non-compliant individuals and businesses across the healthcare industry, including clinics and independent practices. Inspections conducted by the DEA and state agencies are typically unannounced, and the current Federal fine per infraction is $14,502. But, it’s not uncommon for fines to exceed $1 million.

Most common violations
cited by the DEA:

Registration
issues

Most common violations
cited by the DEA:

Lack of
physical security

Most common violations
cited by the DEA:

Poor
record-keeping

Most common violations
cited by the DEA:

Failure to
prevent diversion

It can happen to you.

Whether it’s a trusted employee, long-time client or even a relative, your practice is at risk for drug diversion. It’s imperative that you be prepared. Now is the time to investigate, identify, correct and strengthen your practice against the most common vulnerabilities you face today. Keeping up with changing standards, best practices, new requirements and growing threats are the most effective ways to protect your business. But failing to adapt to these new realities may not only cost you financially, it can also cause irreparable harm to your personal and professional reputation.

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