Should your practice be concerned about a DEA audit?

There is a lot of scrutiny of the health care system these days, therefore, federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) audits or administrative inspections are not uncommon. The DEA is responsible for monitoring the supply and distribution of pharmaceutical controlled substances in the US. Since their role is so far reaching, should your practice be concerned about a DEA audit?

DEA audits

The DEA has stepped up efforts to reduce the incidences of abuse, which can be traced to substances obtained from a legitimate source. There is growing concern that an increasing number of patients are abusing pharmaceutical controlled substances obtained from their physician, or other health care provider.

DEA Compliance

As a result of this trend, health care providers need to be aware of the regulatory requirements of the DEA. They should endeavor to fulfil state and DEA regulations that govern the administering, prescribing, and dispensing of controlled substances. Health providers that do not adhere to the established patterns, are likely to trigger the suspicion of the DEA.

Should you be concerned about a DEA audit?

If you have been careful to pay attention to relevant statutes, and also maintain correct records in your medical practice, you don’t have to be too concerned about a DEA audit. However, if you are not keeping proper records, and you are unsure if you are acting in accordance with DEA guidelines, you should seek legal assistance to correct any administrative deficiencies.

Whether you believe your practice is compliant or not, the need for qualified, expert legal advice cannot be overemphasized. If you require assistance with meeting DEA regulations or any other legal matter, contact Nelson Hardiman, LLP, Los Angeles.  Call 310-203-2800 today, or send an email to  [email protected]

Forming physician-hospital agreements

Forming physician-hospital agreements

Physician-hospital agreements are often driven by the need to deliver lower cost, quality healthcare that provides patients with the best outcomes. This type of value-based health care is achieved when physicians and hospitals enter into co-management agreements. But what goes into forming physician-hospital agreements (learn more).

Physician-hospital agreements are also referred to as co-management, or medical directorship agreements. They are designed to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. Under these agreements, physicians assume a more active role in management. They perform administrative functions, and also take on supervisory responsibilities that relate to specific categories of service.

Reasons for physician-hospital agreements

Health care reforms in the US, have led to an increase in the number of co-management agreements between physicians and hospitals. The goal of improving the quality and consistency of patient care, now requires greater co-ordination among those involved in delivering health care. This type of alignment between hospital facilities and doctors, ensures the success of the health care system, and also reduces costs.

Physicians view these agreements as a way to stabilize income from decreasing reimbursement, and hospitals consider them a growth generation strategy. Health care providers, should always seek legal counsel to assist with negotiating and drafting of physician-hospital agreements. Legal advice is also needed to address potential issues that may arise in the event that the relationship has to be terminated for any reason.

As the healthcare landscape in the US continues to evolve, there is likely going to be many more co-management agreements being formulated.

If you are contemplating forming a physician-hospital agreement, be sure to seek legal counsel regarding the steps involved. At Nelson Hardiman, LLP, Los Angeles, CA, we assist clients in ensuring that these agreements meet the requisite state requirements. For more information call 310-203-2800, or send an email to [email protected]