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The Spodek Law Group is here to assist with DEA administrative audits at the offices of physicians and healthcare providers. As a top tier federal healthcare defense law firm, we understand how much of a burden DEA audits can be, and the harsh penalties you might face because of them. We aggressively defend the interests of healthcare providers during intense DEA audits.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is a powerful force in the fight against the illegal drug trade. With over 9,800 employees, including half being special agents, the DEA is dedicated to stemming the tide of illegal drugs that ravage our communities. In 2020 alone, the DEA arrested 26,264 individuals for drug-related offenses, and that number is only expected to rise.
But the DEA isn’t just focused on street-level drug dealers. They also keep a watchful eye on healthcare professionals who may be involved in the illegal distribution of drugs. In 2021, the DEA formally charged at least 47 doctors and healthcare providers with drug-related offenses.
One of the DEA’s most formidable divisions is the Diversion Control Division, which is tasked with preventing the diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals and listed chemicals from legitimate sources. This division oversees the distribution of legal, yet commonly abused drugs and poses a significant threat to healthcare practitioners.
As a physician, you may be subject to DEA administrative audits. These can occur for a variety of reasons, including routine audits every three years or if the DEA suspects a provider is not complying with federal law. Some red flags that may trigger an audit include selling prescriptions to drug dealers or drug-addicted individuals, falsifying records to sell drugs on the black market, and stealing from inventory.
However, even if none of these apply to your practice, other issues such as different protocols than other providers in the same area, unusual business patterns, and tips from other individuals can also lead to an audit. It’s important to note that the DEA is not only looking for flagrant violations of the law, but also for practices that fail to keep the appropriate records related to prescription medications.
In the face of a DEA administrative audit, it is essential to have a plan of action. Remember that the DEA is a law enforcement agency and an unfavorable audit can quickly turn into a criminal prosecution. Therefore, it is important to enlist the assistance of an experienced DEA audit attorney who can communicate with DEA agents on your behalf. Additionally, the DEA cannot conduct an audit or any search of a practice without either a warrant or your express consent.
It’s crucial to remember that just because you don’t believe DEA agents will find any issues during the audit, doesn’t mean you should open your doors to them. DEA agents tend to approach all audits as though there is something to find, and this approach subjects a practice to unnecessary risks. If you are facing a DEA administrative audit, don’t take any chances. Protect yourself and your practice by consulting with a DEA administrative audit attorney.
The DEA is a law enforcement agency which is tasked with fighting drug trafficking and illegal drug distribution. The DEA has thousands of employees fighting this fight. Most of the people arrested by the DEA are dealers and traffickers. Many doctors and pharmacists are also involved in this illegal trade. In 2021, the DEA brought charges against over 50 healthcare providers. The DEA’s Diversion Control Division is the greatest threat to healthcare providers. According to the DEA, the purpose of the Diversion Control Division is to investigate the diversion of pharmaceuticals from legitimate sources. Bottom line – they are focused on determining how/why/who is involved in the illegal diversion of drugs from meaningfully legitimate purposes.
When does the DEA audit a physician?
DEA administrative audits happen for a number of reasons. Generally, physicians are subject to routine audits – usually every few years. In addition to these regular audits, the DEA can initiate administrative audits – if it determines the healthcare provider is not complying with federal laws and regulations. The DEA looks for a number of red flags, such as:
If your healthcare practice’s protocols are different from other healthcare providers in your area, this is another potential red flag. If you service a large number of out-of-state patients, this is another potential red flag. It could signal to the DEA, you’re engaged in drug diversion and drug trafficking. The DEA also relies on tips/whistleblowers from other doctors/patients/pharmacists, in order to determine whether or not to audit you.
It’s important to realize, the DEA isn’t simply looking for drug trafficking. They also looking for recordkeeping violations. While these violations aren’t necessarily criminal – it can lead to increased suspicion from DEA agents who are going to then do an in-depth audit.
What should you do when facing a DEA administrative audit
When the DEA decides it’s going to investigate you – it provides no notice. Doctors have no time to prepare. It’s essential you have prepared for this – if, and when, it happens. If you are audited, you should have a game plan on what you’re going to do. The first thing to remember is that the DEA is a law enforcement agency. It also means, they are investigating you because they’ve found cause to do so – and think you’re breaking the law. Anything you say – can, and will, be used against you. Speaking with DEA agents about anything about your case is unwise. It’s important to hire a DEA audit attorney to speak to DEA agents on your behalf. The DEA cannot conduct an audit, or search, your healthcare practice without a warrant or your permission. Often, DEA agents will try to bypass the warrant requirement by asking healthcare providers to consent to an audit.
Refusing consent prevents them from auditing your practice that exact day – but it won’t stop them from seeking a traditional search warrant, or an administrative inspection warrant. Refusing a search/audit is your right. If you refuse to consent, agents might be suspicious.
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