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DEA Voluntary Registration Surrenders

April 8, 2022 Federal Criminal Attorneys

What is a Voluntary Surrender?

A voluntary surrender is when a healthcare practitioner surrenders their DEA registration to the DEA. This means that the practitioner can no longer prescribe controlled substances. It may also mean that they are no longer allowed to have any controlled substances in their office or on their person. The voluntary surrender may be permanent or temporary, depending on the circumstances and what was agreed upon with the DEA. The voluntary surrender will be noted in the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).

Why Would I Voluntarily Surrender My Registration?

There are many reasons why healthcare practitioners voluntarily surrender their registration, but it often occurs after an inspection, interview or raid by the DEA. During these events, practitioners are often scared and confused about what will happen next and fear additional consequences if they do not comply with what is being asked of them by law enforcement officials. Many times, practitioners feel like they have no other choice but to voluntarily surrender their registration because they do not want to face any additional penalties or charges that could come from non-compliance. However, there are other options available besides voluntarily surrendering your registration and you should always consult with an attorney before making any decisions about your case.

What Are the Consequences of Voluntarily Surrendering My Registration?

There are many consequences that come with voluntarily surrendering your registration, including:

  • You will no longer be able to prescribe controlled substances. This means that you will not be able to treat your patients with controlled substances and they will have to find another healthcare practitioner who can prescribe them these medications. You may also lose your license to practice if you are found to have prescribed controlled substances without a valid DEA registration.
  • Your name will be added to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB). The NPDB is a database that is used by hospitals, state licensing boards and other organizations when they are considering hiring or credentialing healthcare practitioners. Having your name in the NPDB can make it difficult for you to find employment or get credentialed at hospitals and other organizations.
  • You may face civil or criminal penalties if you are found to have prescribed controlled substances without a valid DEA registration. These penalties can include fines, imprisonment and/or probation.
  • You may lose your professional liability insurance if you are found to have prescribed controlled substances without a valid DEA registration. This can make it difficult for you to find employment or get credentialed at hospitals and other organizations.

How Can I Avoid Voluntarily Surrendering My Registration?

There are many ways that you can avoid voluntarily surrendering your registration, including:

  • Consult with an attorney before making any decisions about your case. An attorney will be able to advise you of your rights and options and help you make the best decision for your case.
  • Do not sign any documents or agree to anything without consulting with an attorney first. Many times, practitioners are asked to sign documents or agree to things without knowing what they are agreeing to. This can be a mistake that can have serious consequences. Always consult with an attorney before signing any documents or agreeing to anything.
  • Do not answer any questions without consulting with an attorney first. Many times, practitioners are asked questions by law enforcement officials without knowing what the consequences of their answers may be. This can be a mistake that can have serious consequences. Always consult with an attorney before answering any questions.

Reasons not to surrender your DEA registration

The DEA will not reissue your registration if you wish to return to practice.

If you surrender your registration, the DEA will notify all state licensing boards of your decision. This may result in an investigation and/or disciplinary action by the state board.

If you surrender your registration, you may be subject to a federal criminal investigation or charges for any controlled substances that were handled prior to surrendering the registration. In addition, there is no guarantee that the federal government will not investigate and prosecute practitioners who have surrendered their registrations after they have been terminated from a pain management program or after they have had their license suspended or revoked by a state licensing board.

If you are terminated from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare or other federal health care programs as a result of having surrendered your DEA registration, it is very difficult (if not impossible) to reinstate participation in these programs at some point in the future. This can significantly limit employment opportunities for practitioners who have surrendered their registrations because many employers require participation in these programs as part of employment agreements with practitioners.

What are the consequences of having your DEA registration suspended or revoked?

If your DEA registration is suspended or revoked, you will no longer be able to prescribe controlled substances. This can have a significant impact on your ability to practice medicine. In addition, having your DEA registration suspended or revoked may result in an investigation and/or disciplinary action by a state licensing board.

What are the consequences of being terminated from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare or other federal health care programs?

If you are terminated from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare or other federal health care programs as a result of having surrendered your DEA registration, it is very difficult (if not impossible) to reinstate participation in these programs at some point in the future. This can significantly limit employment opportunities for practitioners who have surrendered their registrations because many employers require participation in these programs as part of employment agreements with practitioners.

What are the consequences of having your state medical license suspended or revoked?

If your state medical license is suspended or revoked, you will no longer be able to practice medicine. This can have a significant impact on your ability to earn a living and support yourself and your family. In addition, having your state medical license suspended or revoked may result in an investigation and/or disciplinary action by the DEA.

What are the consequences of being terminated from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare or other federal health care programs?

If you are terminated from participation in Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare or other federal health care programs as a result of having surrendered your DEA registration, it is very difficult (if not impossible) to reinstate participation in these programs at some point in the future. This can significantly limit employment opportunities for practitioners who have surrendered their registrations because many employers require participation in these programs as part of employment agreements with practitioners.

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