Protecting Patients and Assets: Pre-employment Background Checks and Drug Screening

ALAN A. AYERS, MBA, MAcc Practice Velocity A number of patients who had been dispensed the narcotic hydrocodone called the urgent care center to complain that their medications “weren’t potent enough,” that they “didn’t work,” or that the pills in the bottle “didn’t match the description on the label.” Although these reports were initially dismissed by the medical director as drug-seeking behavior, the volume and corroboration of complaints soon led to an internal investigation. It …

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