Regulatory Compliance

DEA Issues Guidance on Opioid Treatment Training for Medical Practitioners

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has outlined an eight-hour training requirement on the treatment and management of opioid patients. The Medication Access and Training Expansion Act mandates the training for all DEA-registered providers, with the deadline for completion set for the date of a practitioner’s next scheduled DEA registration submission beginning on June 27. Graduates from medical and dental schools are exempt from the requirement. The training does not have to occur in one session, and courses previously undertaken in accordance with state-mandated continuing education will apply.

NC To Mandate Continuing Education On Practitioner Substance Abuse And Mental Health

The NC Legislature has adopted NCAC 16R(I).0206 requiring NC dentists and hygienists to complete 1 hour of continuing education on practitioner substance abuse and mental health every 2 years. This requirement is NOT satisfied by the completion of an approved controlled substance prescribing course. This new requirement exclusively impacts NC dental licensees as no other …

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A Veritable Quandary?

One of the most common questions we hear from licensed dental healthcare professionals when considering the prospect of dropping their federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) permit is “Can I do that?” The answer is “Yes you can”. Your professional license issued by the state in which you practice affords the ability to conduct patient care …

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NC Practitioner Compliance With CSRS

The home/welcome page of the NC Board of Dental Examiners has an interesting post copied from the NC Medical Board’s website. Not too unexpectedly, CSRS is flagging registrants who have been prescribing controlled substances but not reviewing a patient’s CSRS profile. In this post it states: Administrators of the state-run North Carolina Controlled Substances Reporting …

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NC CSRS Gateway Integration De-mystified

In 2009 the Obama Administration championed the development of the HITECH Act.  Among its many ramifications were the development of “meaningful use” parameters intended to provide financial incentives through health care insurance reimbursement (Medicare, Medicaid) for health care entities to adopt technological advances to make health care more accessible and affordable. The HITECH Act accomplished this through …

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