Part 1: Is your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Practice Ready for the DEA?

A frantic colleague called me last month, saying he had a Drug Enforcement Administration agent (aka, the DEA) in his waiting room and asking what he should do. I asked if his office was ready – did his office have an audit readiness file, all processes defined in the DEA Practitioner’s Manual, good recordkeeping systems, a reconciliation process, and inventory and purchase […]

Part 2: How To Conduct A Self-audit Of Your Practice’s Controlled Substances

As mentioned in Part 1 of this series, one of the ways you can reduce your risk and better ensure your practice is ready for a DEA audit is to conduct a self-audit. By auditing the controlled substances in your practice before an audit happens, you can identify and fix many issues that could come up during the accountability portion of the […]

Part 3: What to Expect If the DEA Audits You

This is Part 3 of our 3-part series about DEA inspections and compliance to help OMS surgeons prepare (if you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 of the series). This article covers what happens and what you can do if DEA inspectors show up at your practice for a surprise inspection. DEA Investigators may visit […]