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DEA Practitioners Manual - Part 5: Power of Attorney to Sign DEA Forms 222

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) guidelines regarding controlled substances, particularly in relation to record-keeping, procurement, and power of attorney. These regulations are part of the U.S. Federal Law under Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), designed to control the distribution and use of substances that have a potential for abuse or are otherwise regulated. Here's a brief summary of some key points: Recordkeeping Requirements: Practitioners must keep accurate and complete records for at least two years. Records for Schedule II substances must be maintained separately from all other records. The term "readily retrievable" is defined for electronic...

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DEA Practitioners Manual - Part 4: Inventory Requirements

 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rules and regulations pertaining to the inventory requirements for controlled substances. These are laid out in the Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR) and the United States Code (21 U.S.C.). Key Points of Inventory Requirements: Type of Count: For Schedule I and II substances, an actual physical count is required. For Schedule III-V, an estimated count is typically acceptable, unless the container holds more than 1,000 tablets or capsules, in which case an exact count is needed. Record Keeping: All inventory records must be kept for at least two years at the registered location and should...

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DEA Practitioners Manual - Part 3: Electronic Prescriptions for Controlled Substances

Here's a breakdown of electronic prescriptions for controlled substances (EPCS) in the United States. Basic Requirements for Controlled Substance Prescriptions Issuance by Qualified Practitioners: The prescription must be issued by a qualified practitioner who is authorized to prescribe controlled substances and is registered with the DEA (or exempted from registration). Legitimate Medical Purpose: The prescription should be for a legitimate medical reason and issued in the ordinary course of professional practice. Pharmacist’s Responsibility: The pharmacist filling the prescription also has a responsibility to ensure the prescription is legitimate. Prescription Details Information Required: The prescription must include the patient's full name...

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Have You Completed Annual Medicare/ Medicaid Compliance Training for 2021?

Whether your practice/dental service organization participates with Medicaid or not you could be required to fulfill the following annual training requirements. Read on!

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Sometimes You've Got To Be Your Own Snitch

Sometimes when you mess up – and that mess up involves Medicare, Medicaid, or funds from another government healthcare program – not only do you have to fix the mess, but you may also have to go back and make amends to limit your liability and hedge against civil and/or criminal prosecution later. Hospitals do it. Physician groups do it. Ambulance providers do it. Home health does it. What? Get busted for coding, documentation, and billing problems. The federal government developed the Self-Disclosure Protocol (“SDP”) for healthcare providers to be able to bring themselves forward to the government in a...

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