As chair of the national criminal law practice at Chapman Law Group, Ron focuses exclusively on defending health care providers nationwide who are under investigation by the DEA and federal prosecutors.
On The Daily Addict, he explained to hosts “Dave and Tim” and pain patient advocate Claudia Merandi how pain management physicians need to be compliant and maintain heightened awareness when it comes to following rules and regulations.
Ron notes that the DEA “keeps changing the rules,” which is why health care practices should have regular compliance checks by a health care attorney who is well-versed on compliance and keeps up on new regulations.
In addition, Ron discusses the pressure tactics authorities use on pain management physicians and other licensed health care professionals to surrender their DEA registration.
“Even some of the most intelligent doctors I know, even Harvard-trained physicians, sign on that line and they give away their DEA registration,” Ron says.
“The loss of a DEA registration is catastrophic for a physician. You’ll lose board privileges, the ability to be on a hospital panel, to be able to see patients at a hospital. It may lead to the loss of state licensure. It’ll be reported for a lifetime on the National Practitioners Data Bank.
“And unfortunately, the only thing we can do once a doctor does that is file an injunction in federal court, which [Chapman Law Group] has done and we’ve won many times, but it’s a very costly and time-consuming process.”