November 25, 2014
I enjoy reading your valuable input on many issues. I am a tele-radiolgist. I do not prescribe any controlled substance nor do any injections.Do i still need to keep DEA license for credentialing purpose?
Answer:Dr. T, that's a good question and one I do not know the answer to because it really falls outside of the legal scope, moreso into credentialing. I asked Barry Haitoff, CEO of Medical Management Corporation of America to opine and Barry graciously provided the below - Jennifer,
In our experience of performing credentialing services for our revenue cycle management clients, DEA License information is a standard request. Based on specialty however, it is not a requirement for participation.
We also posed this question to a national professional credentialing company who also stated:
"If a provider has no intention of prescribing medication than they do not need a DEA license. For instance this radiologist (reading only) would not need a DEA in order to credential with a payer/facility/hospital.
If a physician intends or his specialty demands that he/she prescribe medication in any form than the payer/facility/hospital would press to find out why they did not have one (suspended/revoked etc.). There is no blanket requirement for a DEA license UNLESS THE PROVIDER INTENDS TO PRESCRIBE. In that instance where there is a physician licensing or credentialing with a specialty typical of prescribing meds but won't be prescribing, the payer/facility/hospital will want to know in writing #1. Can someone prescribe on his behalf #2. They will prescribe no drugs under any circumstance within their practice."
Should the doctor have any further questions, I can be reached at the below. Happy to help. Barry Haitoff | CEO Medical Management Corporation of America1620 Route 22, Brewster, NY 10509 | www.mmcoa.comT: 845-363-4833 | F: 845-278-8796 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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