DEA Checkup — Controlled Substance Prescriptions

Law360, New York (May 4, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT) -- Physicians are constantly warned about being on the lookout for prescription abuse. Unfortunately, this isn’t just a medical diagnosis issue. Physicians are facing increased scrutiny from state licensing and prosecutorial agencies (e.g. the medical board, the district attorney) and federal payors (Medicare and Medi-Cal). Now an even bigger and less understanding player is entering the field — the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

The DEA has authority to summarily suspend or revoke a physician’s license to prescribe controlled substances, whether or not the physician has been subject...
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