April 6, 2021

Helping Hospitals Stay Several Steps Ahead of Drug Diverters Around The Clock

Studies predating the COVID-19 pandemic estimated that as many as 15 percent of healthcare professionals will misuse substances during their lifetime. Now exceedingly overworked and under-resourced due to the crisis, clinicians with easy access to powerful medications are especially vulnerable to addiction and the temptation to divert drugs. In other words, the number of healthcare professionals who misuse substances may now be much higher.

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November 17, 2020

Part One: An Introduction

According to the latest research from the American Hospital Association, hospitals spent an estimated $39 billion a year to maintain compliance while facing complex challenges and the mounting costs of keeping up with an ever-changing body of federal and state rules and regulations. The same organization highlighted that hospitals are overburdened by regulatory requirements and found thatan average-sized hospital dedicates about 59 FTEs to regulatory compliance, and now due to COVID-19, these dedicated resources have often been furloughed or reallocated. 

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November 5, 2020

How to Improve Drug Diversion Investigation Workflows

As a former health system drug diversion investigator, I have experienced the ongoing responsibilities these professionals have to the organization. They manually comb through audit dispense transactions when there is suspected diversion. They also constantly look for ways to improve audit efficiency while working with organizational leadership who are responsible for ensuring a myriad of regulations, guidelines, and industry best practices for drug diversion monitoring and prevention, while keeping associated costs as low as possible. 

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September 12, 2020

Is Your Legacy System Costing You?

Change—personal, professional, organizational—is always hard, whether it’s good or bad. Buying or selling a house, starting a new job, or having a baby: Whenever major changes occur, humans react with stress. So, too, the thought of “leaving your legacy behind”—going from a first-generation compliance program, which just a decade ago was a paradigm shift—is a tough, stressful decision. Those systems are rules-based, they still require labor-intensive review and analysis, and they still lead to many false-positive findings that ultimately cost time and money.

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September 1, 2020

2020 Protenus Diversion Digest: Numbers Tell a Story

The just-released 2020 Protenus Diversion Digest™ highlights the ongoing toll clinical drug diversion takes on patients, healthcare workers, and healthcare organizations. The report covers data from incidents reported in 2019. Healthcare workers who steal or misuse controlled substances—from physician practices, clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other organizations—cause direct harm to patients and put their employers at risk for financial penalties and sanctions.

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